Eric Berry will remain a Kansas City Chief – at least for one more year. Berry will receive a franchise tag from the Chiefs, according to a tweet by NFL Network’s Rand Getlin.
The tweet also said the Chiefs and Berry are working towards a long-term deal for the former Tennessee All-American defensive back. Berry, whose contract was up following the 2015 season, will receive the average of the top five defensive backs in the NFL as designated by the franchise tag. That is believed to be approximately $10 million for the 2016 season.
Berry has certainly become a fan favorite in Kansas City. Already known as a versatile playmaker, Berry won over even more fans when he returned to the field last season after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in December 2014. In 2015, he was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year, made the Pro Bowl and helped the Chiefs to an 11-5 record and a Wild Card berth.
While at Tennessee, Berry won the Jim Thorpe Award and Jack Tatum Trophy. Both are given to the nation’s top defensive back. He was also named a unanimous All-American in 2008 and 2009 and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2008.