Berry 'definitely not' playing under franchise tag for Chiefs in 2017

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Eric Berry remains loyal to the Kansas City Chiefs, but only if they are able to sign him to a long-term contract.

The star NFL safety is fully prepared to re-sign with Kansas City this offseason, but he will not do so under the franchise tag.

"I'm definitely not going to play under the franchise tag this year," Berry said, via NFL.com.

"I want to end my career in Kansas City. I want to play there. I love the city, I love the vibe, I love my teammates.

"I really look at them more than teammates. We've been through a lot and they supported me a lot. And the organization.

"But I don't feel comfortable playing under the franchise tag this year."

Berry, 28, played 2016 under the $10.8million franchise tag.

He recorded 77 tackles with four interceptions, two touchdowns and nine passes deflected while playing all 16 games.

The franchise tag number for his position would be roughly $13m next season, but Berry wants long-term security -- like most people would.

Both sides are working hard on a getting a deal done to avoid a messy holdout.