The feel-good story of the 2015 NFL season might very well turn into somewhat of a drama this upcoming year.
Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry and the Kansas City Chiefs are reportedly not expected to come to terms on a long-term extension before Friday’s deadline.
Source said today that deal between #Chiefs and S Eric Berry not expected to get done before Friday franchise tag deadline.
— Jason Cole (@JasonCole62) July 13, 2016
This means that either Berry will sign the franchise tag tender Kansas City threw his way in March or will holdout.
A holdout in this situation wouldn’t make much sense. Once the deadline passes, the Chiefs can’t offer the Pro Bowl safety a new contract until after the season.
Berry, 27, was the fifth overall pick of the Chiefs back in 2010. The Tennessee product earned three Pro Bowl trips in his first four seasons before seeing his 2014 campaign cut short after being diagnosed with cancer.
Upon his return to full health, Berry picked up where he left off on the field, picking off two passes and recording 61 tackles en route to earning First-Team All-Pro honors this past season.
Once Berry decides to sign the franchise tag tender, he will be set to earn $10.8 million for the 2016 season. Of course, that’s dependent on him actually signing the tender.