Eric Berry, Chiefs agree to six-year, $78 million deal

This time around, the Chiefs made Eric Berry their top priority.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Pro Bowl backstop has agreed to a new deal with Kansas City worth $78 million over six years with $40 million in guarantees, per sources.

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The contract will make Berry the highest-paid safety in the NFL ahead of Arizona’s Tyrann Mathieu and Minnesota’s Harrison Smith.

It’s a well-deserved deal for a player the Chiefs failed to reach a long-term agreement with last July after the sides were “miles apart” in contract talks.

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That left Berry, 28, to play under the franchise tag, something the seven-year safety had no plans of repeating in 2017, saying earlier this month: “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.”

As recently as Sunday, Berry told The Kansas City Star about wholesale NFL jerseys he was “going to keep being patient” for a new pact, an approach that paid off in time for the Chiefs to seal up their star safety before likely using the tag on defensive tackle Dontari Poe.

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It’s a win for the Chiefs, a team now in position to keep two of their finest players on defense. Berry was phenomenal last season, nabbing All-Pro honors and finishing the year as the league’s eighth-ranked safety, per Pro Football Focus.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday the Chiefs are negotiating a deal with Berry to make him the highest-paid safety in the NFL. The sides are working hard at a deal, Rapoport added, which could be reached before Wednesday’s deadline to franchise tag players.

Nike Chiefs #56 Derrick Johnson White Men's NFL Pro Line Fashion Game JerseyThis is a positive development for Berry, who was hit with the franchise tag last season and didn’t sound particulary optimistic that a deal was close this past weekend. “I’m going to keep being patient because you never know,” Berry said Sunday, via the Kansas City Star. “Last year I thought one thing and it didn’t happen. So I’m not getting my hopes up; I’m looking at it logically.”

With the deadline for teams to use the tag approaching on Wednesday, Berry isn’t holding his breath that he’ll get the chance to sign a multi-year deal with jerseys wholesale in the coming days.

“I’m going to keep being patient because you never know,” Berry said Sunday, via the Kansas City Star. “Last year I thought one thing and it didn’t happen. So I’m not getting my hopes up; I’m looking at cheap jerseys¬†logically.”

Berry said his agent and the team have been discussing a potential new deal. The All-Pro safety also reiterated that he would sit out rather than play under the franchise tag again — a one-year deal that would pay him almost $13 million this time around.

The Chiefs have two tag candidates in Berry and defensive tackle Dontari Poe jersey, but have yet to utilize the option on either.

If the Chiefs decide tagging Berry is the only way to keep him from walking in free agency, it could lead to a lengthy, contentious holdout that has the potential to last into the fall.

Derrick Thomas’ son gets Kansas City Chiefs tryout

The son of Derrick Thomas, arguably the greatest Kansas City Chiefs player in history, got a tryout with his late father’s team.

Running back Donnell Alexander jersey was one of several tryout players who participated in the Chiefs’ three-day rookie minicamp, which ended Monday. Alexander’s connection with the Chiefs runs deep.

“I have memories (of Thomas), but I was quite young (when he played), so a lot of the memories mostly come from film,” he said, via the team’s official website. “When I was in Colorado, I did a camp, and a lot of people came up and spoke to me, and just the way they said that they idolize my father, to me that was amazing because they have no idea really who he is, but for them to just be die-hard fans like that, that shows me a lot.”

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Thomas was one of the most devastating pass rushers in NFL history. The Hall of Famer set the record for sacks in a game, taking down Seattle’s Dave Krieg seven times in 1990. If, like Alexander, you’re too young to recall Thomas, spend your day watching his highlights on YouTube, you will not be disappointed. Thomas’ “A Football Life” is also one of the best I’ve seen.

Thomas died after a speeding accident in 2000. Alexander would love to play for the same team his famous father played for during his 11 NFL seasons.

“It’s a surreal experience,” Alexander said. “No matter what, I think I would have come here regardless and at least tried out, because this is where I would love to be — a Chief.”

With a stacked backfield, Alexander — who attended college at Colorado State and University of Akron — is a longshot to make the Chiefs’ roster, but coach Andy Reid is impressed with Thomas’ progeny.

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“I thought he did a real nice job,” Reid said of Alexander. “He’s actually got a tattoo on the back of his neck that’s pretty neat with an arrowhead and the whole deal. How many guys have an arrowhead tattoo at all? But he’s got that, and I know he’s proud of his dad.”

While teams are steering away from on-field work during rookie minicamps, these longshot tryouts are the best byproduct of three-day events. You never know what diamond a team might uncover or story that will be unearthed.

The son of a legend got a chance to wear the logo of his father, at least once. That alone seems worth the work.

Kansas City Chiefs star running back Jamaal Charles was a non-factor in his 2016 debut, gaining just 7 yards on two rushing attempts in last week’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Kansas City Chiefs Nike Game JerseyThe four-time Pro Bowler expects to have a bigger role this week versus the Raiders, telling reporters Wednesday that the “training wheels” are off.

“I’m here, I’m 100 percent, you could say 110 percent,” Charles said, via The Kansas City Star. “I’m on the field, I’m playing.”

Returning from the second torn ACL of his career, Charles was originally expected to debut at Oakland in Week 6. He was pushed into a third-string capacity last week when Charcandrick West came down with an ankle injury.

Coach Andy Reid confirmed that Charles will “probably do a little bit more” this week “as long as there are no setbacks.”

Although Spencer Ware has filled in adequately as the starter, the Chiefs are averaging just 90.3 rushing yards per game — 21st in the league. They can certainly use the playmaking ability of Charles, the NFL’s career record holder with 5.47 yards per carry.

“I feel like I’m fast, my speed never left,” Charles added. “My gift is speed. And I still have it. I just thank God for allowing me to keep my speed.”