Published: Sun, February 05, 2017
Science | By Carlton Santiago

Eric Berry says he 'definitely' won't play under Chiefs tag in 2017

Berry played 2016 under the $10.8 million franchise tag, but because he and the Chiefs couldn't come to a long-term deal he didn't report to camp until August 28.

Eric Berry said on a NFL Network show that he "doesn't feel comfortable playing under the franchise tag this year".

I want to let everyone know of the key date here: March 1. I want to play there.

"I'll always love Kansas City, I'll always love the fans", Berry said. I really look at them more than teammates. They supported me a lot, and that organization.

"I'm definitely not going to play under the franchise tag this year", Berry said on the show. The Chiefs five-time Pro Bowl safety recorded 77 tackles, three tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, nine passes defended, four interceptions, and scored two defensive touchdowns during the regular season, and added seven more tackles and interception in the team's divisional-round loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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If the Chiefs tagged the 28-year-old safety for a second time, his salary cap number jumps to nearly $13 million.

Both sides are working hard on a getting a deal done to avoid a messy holdout.

Berry wasn't ready to take such a drastic step last offseason, when he skipped organized team activities but returned a few weeks into training camp.

A long-term deal with Berry also allows the Chiefs significant short-term salary cap relief. The franchise tag could be more valuable to the team with Poe, if a long-term deal with Berry comes to fruition. He's one of the best safeties in the league, if not the best. We've been through a lot.

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