11:00pm: There’s been “very little progess” between Berry and the Chiefs, according to Rand Getlin of NFL.com (Twitter link), who adds that it’s unlikely a contract will get done.
10:16am: As we heard late Wednesday night, the Chiefs and Eric Berry are not close on a deal at this time. However, a deal has not been ruled out, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (via Twitter) hears. Traditionally, Rapoport notes, GM John Dorsey reserves his best offer for just before the deadline, so the team could come up with an appealing proposal on Friday.
Berry, who earned Pro Bowl nods in three of his first four NFL seasons, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2014, raising some doubts about his future in the league. However, the veteran safety was declared cancer-free in 2015 and enjoyed one of his best seasons this past year for the Chiefs. Appearing in all 16 games for Kansas City in 2015, Berry logged 61 tackles to go along with a pair of interceptions and 10 passes defended. Pro Football Focus ranked the Tennessee product sixth among 88 qualified safeties, and the standout season earned Berry his fourth Pro Bowl berth, along with a spot on the NFL’s All-Pro first team.
Heading into tomorrow’s deadline, Berry is one of a handful of franchise-tagged players around the league without a long-term deal. One way or another, we’ll have resolutions on stars like Berry, Kirk Cousins, Von Miller, and Muhammad Wilkerson by tomorrow afternoon.
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