Eric Berry, Kansas City Chiefs fail to reach long-term deal

Posted at 3:41 PM, Jul 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-15 16:52:09-04

A long term deal was not reached with Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry. 

"We were unable to reach a long-term agreement with Eric's representatives before today's deadline," Kansas City Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey said in a statement Friday. "Although both sides would have preferred a different outcome."

In March, Berry was designated a franchise player with the team. 

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Dorsey went on to say that Berry is a "true professional" and a "tremendous football player." 

The Chiefs will issue a one-year franchise tender to Berry in the amount of $10.8 million.

According to the NFL Players Association, that amount was predetermined for all safeties in the NFL who were designated as a Franchise player.

"We look forward to resuming our discussions on a long-term agreement when the negotiating window reopens after the season,” Dorsey said. 

Berry has played in 70 games in six seasons with the Chiefs. He was selected to the Pro-Bowl four times. 

He originally entered the NFL as a first-round draft selection, fifth overall pick, of the Chiefs in the 2010 NFL Draft.

On Sunday he was awarded the Best Comeback Athlete ESPY award.