Berry, Chiefs agree to long-term deal


The Kansas City Chiefs and star safety Eric Berry have agreed to a long-term contract.

ESPN reported the deal, confirmed by the team on Tuesday, is for six years and worth a whopping $78million, including $40m guaranteed and a $20m signing bonus.

Berry, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in late 2014, returned to make the Pro Bowl in 2015.

He then built on that season by earning his fifth Pro Bowl appearance in 2016 after finishing with four interceptions and two touchdowns.

Kansas City were desperately trying to get the deal done before Wednesday's franchise-tag deadline.

Instead of tagging Berry, the team can now use it to keep defensive tackle Dontari Poe from entering free agency.

Berry will earn $13m per year, making him the highest-paid safety in the league. 

Though Berry has never had more than 92 tackles in a season, he has been a star contributor at all levels of the defense over his six-year career.

Berry has an eye-popping 50 passes deflected, including just two in his illness-shortened 2014 season.