Chiefs franchise tag Eric Berry

The franchise tag designations continue to roll in ahead of the deadline with the Kansas City Chiefs the latest team to utilize the option.

Terez Paylor, the Chiefs beat writer for The Kansas City Star, reports that the team will use its franchise tag on Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry. The tag will come with a $10.8 million price tag.

Berry won the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year award after overcoming cancer, and is one of the best safeties in the game. Keeping him in Kansas City has long been the priority for the team and general manager John Dorsey. With the tag on Berry, the Chiefs will now focus on not only signing him to an extension, but finding away to keep other key free agents — Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson, and Jaye Howard, among others — as well.

The Chiefs and Berry now have until July 15 to come to terms on a long-term contract. If the two sides can’t, then talks must be shelved until the end of the 2016 NFL season.

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