The Chiefs signed Berry to a six-year contract worth $78 million, that includes $40 million guaranteed and a $20 million signing bonus, ESPN has reported. This scenario won't please Berry, who's stated several times that he plans to sit out the 2017 season if franchised for the second year in a row.
The Chiefs were busy on Tuesday as they also released veteran running back Jamaal Charles and had guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif in to sign his contract extension.
He is now the highest paid player at his position in the NFL. While releasing Charles creates a need, his health was a major concern anyway. The deadline to use the franchise tag is 3 p.m. on March 1. However, in recent years he has been plagued with injuries.
Duvernay-Tardif, a sixth-round pick in the 2014 National Football League draft, has been the Chiefs' starter at right guard the last two years.
"Jamaal has been one of the most prolific players in our organization's history", Hunt said, "and I have an enormous amount of respect for what he has accomplished". He missed the final four regular-season games and a playoff matchup against Green Bay with a sports hernia.
That would be a win-win for everybody because Kansas City clearly wants to keep both in order to hold their defense in tact. Spencer Ware filled in admirably for Jamaal Charles when he was injured last season and rushed for 921 yards on 214 carries while hauling in 33 passes for 447 yards and scored five total touchdowns. He's been widely regarded as a positive influence in the Chiefs' locker room.
"No, I haven't", said Berry, who played the 2016 season under the $10.8 million franchise tender.
He is the Chiefs' all-time leader in rushing yards (7,260) and averaged 5.5 yards per carry.