With the regular season, two weeks away, the Kansas City Chiefs ended their dispute with All Pro Safety, Eric Berry. He arrived in Kansas City on Sunday, signed his $10.8 million tender and will now climb on the field with his teammates on Monday.
It’s a big step for Berry. The fact he signed his tender at this stage of his holdout, indicates he didn’t want to miss any games this season. He could have held out until Week #10 but that would have been foolish.
We still don’t know, until he talks to the media, what his stance is on the Chiefs refusal to meet his contract demands. However, Berry has been a class act in Kansas City since his arrival many moons ago so I suspect he’ll take the high road.
Still it would be unrealistic to believe there is not some resentment towards the organization. Contract squabbles generally mean one side is displaying greed, while the other side is not willing to buy into those financial demands.
I see both sides of the tape for the Chiefs and Berry in this situation. To the Chiefs credit, Berry has earned $70 plus million in a KC uniform. Offering him another $30 million in guarantees, certainly makes a lot of sense.
But sense doesn’t always equate, when you’re dealing with NFL agents. Berry’s camp wanted a ceiling busting guarantee and that priced any deal with the Chiefs off the table. Still, Berry can change all that by saying the right things on Monday, if he indeed speaks to the media.
If he does not, that silence will indicate the chill has yet to thaw between he and the organization. Should that occur, that’s bad news for both parties in this dispute. Berry can become a free agent after this season, unless the Chiefs tag him again in 2017, so playing nice and performing on the field at an All Pro level, makes the most sense.
Fortunately, the Kansas City Chiefs have some depth at the safety position to mask any rust Berry might display between now and the start of the regular season. It’s unlikely Berry will play Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers, but it would be nice to see him run out onto the field in uniform.
Early Chiefs Roster Cuts:
DB Bryce Cheek (Akron), DL Niko Davis (Liberty), OL Curtis Fegit (West Virginia), CB Malcom Jackson (Charleston Southern), WR Seantavious Jones (Valdosta State), LB Jonathan Massaquoi (Troy), WR Kashif Moore (Connecticut) and C Drew Nowak (Western Michigan).