Eric Berry doesn’t plan to show up for start of Chiefs camp
The Chiefs and franchise-tagged safety Eric Berry didn’t come to an agreement on a long-term contract before the July 15 deadline, which means Berry can only play this season on a one-year deal. But even that deal isn’t likely to be done before training camp opens.
Berry isn’t expected to report to the start of training camp with the rest of the Chiefs, Ian Rapoport of NFL network reports.
Even though negotiations on a long-term deal can no longer take place, Berry might want to negotiate something more than the $10.806 million guaranteed salary that comes with the franchise tag. For instance, Berry could be trying to negotiate an agreement from the Chiefs not to franchise him again next year.
Or Berry might just not want to go to training camp. Because he isn’t under contract, he can’t be fined for staying home. If things get ugly between the two sides, however, the Chiefs could also rescind the franchise tender and let Berry become a free agent.
Eventually, Berry is likely to sign the franchise tender and play this season for $10.806 million. If he waits until the season starts, he’d lose $635,647 each week that he misses, and that seems unlikely. But Berry only starts losing money if he remains unsigned when the regular season starts. Until then, he’s free to make the Chiefs sweat -- and stay home while his teammates are sweating through practice.