Berry signs $10.8 franchise tender, joins Chiefs


Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry has ended a contract holdout and signed a $10.8 million franchise tender with the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. 

Head coach Andy Reid told reporters he is leaning against playing Berry against the Packers on Thursday as he has "trained like crazy," despite sitting out the pre-season. 

Because Berry and the Chiefs could not reach a long-term contract agreement by the July 15 deadline, the two sides cannot sign an extension until after the season.

Berry, a four-time Pro Bowler, was reportedly looking for a contract similar to the five-year, $51.24 million deal Harrison Smith got from the Minnesota Vikings. 

The Chiefs reportedly inserted a disability clause in contract negotiations, as the 27-year-old had to sit out the 2014 season recovering from Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Berry won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award last season after undergoing chemotherapy in the off-season. He finished the season with 61 tackles, 10 pass deflections and two interceptions.