Eric Berry talks expected to be ‘slow process’


Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry might take deep into July to be signed.

Chiefs general manager John Dorsey spoke to Alex Marvez on Sirius XM radio on Wednesday night, and while most of the chatter was typical, he did talk about the Eric Berry contract situation. Berry, who was given the franchise tag in February, must be signed to a long-term deal by July 15 or play the season on the $10.8 million tag.

Dorsey stated that much like Justin Houston was a year ago, this would be a slow process, per Pro Football Talk. Berry is obviously a massive part of the defense and not having him locked up would be a significant concern. That being said, I would expect that Berry signs on the July 15 deadline, the exact same day the team came to terms with Houston on a six-year, $101 million pact.

There is no reason to think this deald oesn’t get done. Berry is in the prime of his career, coming off a First-Team All-Pro campaign despite having cancer only months prior to the start of training camp. There is no huge rush in this situation, considering the real work for Kansas City doesn’t begin to the end of July or early August.