Coffee with the Chiefs – Tag time


Good morning, Addicts! Welcome to March, and thus the season of NFL free agency is upon us. In one week, teams will be able to start bidding on other players while furiously trying to retain their own. The Kansas City Chiefs are no different, with a slew of talented players ready to hit the market.

We have already heard various reports from a wide variety of people claiming that the Chiefs are talking to Derrick Johnson, Mike DeVito, Tamba Hali, Eric Berry and others.Here is to hoping that general manger John Dorsey can retain all of his key players while adding a few critical pieces from the outside.

Also, today is deadline time (3 p.m. CST) for placing a franchise or transition tag on a player. Keep it right here for all the coverage.

Here is the news you need to know…

The franchise tag costs are now officialJoel Thorman of Arrowhead Pride

"The cost for the Chiefs to franchise tag safety Eric Berry will be $10.8 million. For Sean Smith and the cornerbacks, it’s nearly $14 million. Jaye Howard could be a tag candidate so the defensive end cost is $15.7 million while the defensive tackle cost is $13.6 million (I’m not sure which one he would go under)."

Chiefs have had preliminary talks with Dontari PoeTerez Paylor of the Kansas City Star

"However, that doesn’t mean the Chiefs will let his contract situation play out at a later date. Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said at the NFL Combine last week that he has conversations with Poe’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, regarding a long-term deal that could keep Poe in Kansas City."

Can Eric Berry, Chiefs find long-term solution?Joel Thorman of Arrowhead Pride

"The reports on Berry have been all over the place. Most seem to think that the Chiefs will keep him in some way, either through the tag or a long-term deal. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport believes the Chiefs will find a way to keep Berry while Yahoo’s Rand Getlin reported last week there has been little progress on a deal."