Tuesday March 1st, 2016

The Kansas City Chiefs have placed a franchise tag on safety Eric Berry, the team announced on Tuesday.

NFL.com’s Rand Getlin first reported the news. Getlin added that both sides have interest in a long-term agreement. Both sides now have between now and July 15 to negotiate a new contract.

Berry, 27, was the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year in 2015 and named first team All-Pro after returning from Hodgkin’s lymphoma fully healthy. NFL.com reports he will receive the non-exclusive franchise tag, which is worth a fully-guaranteed $10.8 million for next season. Other teams wishing to sign Berry would owe the Chiefs two first-round selections if they agree to a deal with him.

The Chiefs have several key free agents on the defensive side, including Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson.

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Kansas City went 11–5 and finished second in the AFC West last season, eventually falling to the Patriots 27–20 in the divisional round of the playoffs.

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