Chiefs safety Eric Berry is not likely to report to the team until the end of the preseason, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.
Berry was franchise-tagged but failed to sign a long-term extension before the July 15 deadline. Because he has not signed his franchise tender, Berry can skip training camp and preseason games without being fined.
The tag is a one-year deal for $10.8 million.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid told reporters Tuesday that he was unsure whether Berry would be with the team at camp.
“First of all, we love Eric Berry, he’s a huge part of this football team,” Reid said, according to the Kansas City Star. “Whether he’s here or not, I can’t answer that. I know there’s a report out there that he’s not gonna be here.”
Berry, 27, has played his entire six-year career with the Chiefs. He was named Comeback Player of the Year last season after being named to the Pro Bowl and First-Team All-Pro after recovering from cancer.