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.
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.