Eric Berry and the Chiefs are reportedly finalizing a 6-year, $78 million deal that will make him the highest paid safety in the NFL.
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, safety Eric Berry and the Chiefs are currently in the process of finalizing a 6-year, $78 million deal, making Berry the highest paid safety in the NFL.
Berry was named to his fifth Pro Bowl during the 2016 season, where he recorded 62 tackles and four interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. He was also the first player in NFL history to return a two-point conversion for a defensive two-point conversion since the rule was enacted in 2015.
Initially, Berry didn't sound optimistic about a deal getting done, telling the Kansas City Star this past Sunday, "I'm going to keep being patient because you never know. Last year I thought one thing and it didn't happen. So I'm not getting my hopes up; I'm looking at it logically."
Fortunately for Berry, the Chiefs and Chiefs fans everywhere, the two sides were able to reach an agreement. Berry's deal means that the Chiefs can instead use their franchise tag on defensive tackle Dontari Poe, if they choose.
Berry— a standout Tennessee product— was drafted fifth overall in the 2010 draft.