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Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: Safety Eric Berry: Considered one of the top players in this year's draft, Berry also fit a position of need for the Chiefs. He should start immediately and make a difference on the back end of the KC defense.
A closer look at the Chiefs' picks: Round 1/5 -- Eric Berry, S, 6-0, 211, Tennessee, Physically gifted and mature player who can step into any position in the secondary; his '09 season with defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin advanced his understanding of defensive schemes. - by The Sports Xchange
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03/01/16 - S Eric Berry will not make it to free agency after the Kansas City Chiefs used the franchise tag to retain him on Tuesday (March 1). The one-year tender offer for a franchised safety is $10.806 million. Berry could sign a long-term deal with the Chiefs before the July 15 deadline. That approach served Chiefs franchise-designated outside linebacker Justin Houston well last summer, when he signed a six-year deal worth $100 million.
"Our goal is to keep Eric in Kansas City for the foreseeable future," general manager John Dorsey said. "He's a special player that means a lot to our organization, the city, and has been a critical piece in building our foundation. With today being the deadline to use the franchise tag, we felt it was in the best interest of the club to place the tag on Eric."
Berry, 27, was a first-round draft pick in 2010 and earned NFL Comeback Player of the Year honors in 2015. Berry was diagnosed in November 2014 with Hodgkin lymphoma.
Berry was selected to the Pro Bowl in January for the fourth time in six seasons.
01/20/16 - S Eric Berry, who will be an unrestricted free agent, came back from beating cancer with more speed and returned as the leader of the defense.
12/02/15 - S Eric Berry did not take part in the Chiefs practice on Wednesday because he was in Atlanta visiting with the doctor that worked with him during his cancer fight earlier in the year. "It's nothing out of the ordinary," said Chiefs head trainer Rick Burkholder.
"We've known it, Coach has known it, John (Dorsey) has known it. Eric's had this planned for a while; he's having a normal checkup with his physician in Atlanta."
11/22/15 - S Eric Berry was noting a special anniversary. This week marked one year since he was diagnosed with lymphoma. He beat it to return to action this year; he had eight tackles on Sunday. "To me it's not a game," he said. "It's bigger than that."
11/15/15 - S Eric Berry continues to have a strong comeback season following his battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma. Berry snagged his second interception of the season and was credited with four passes defensed as part of a memorable defensive performance that shut down Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in a 29-13 victory.