Eric Berry says he won't play 2017 under franchise tag

Eric Berry: 'Definitely not' playing under a franchise tag in 2017

Eric Berry says he's 'definitely not going to play under the franchise tag' in 2017

The Chiefs made Berry their franchise player past year after both sides couldn't agree on a long-term contract.

Berry went a step farther in an interview with the Kansas City Star's Terez A. Paylor and said he'd be prepared to sit the 2017 season out if the Chiefs use the franchise tag on him.

If Berry is going to set the market at safety, which he probably should, I bet he could get $13 million per year or more on a long-term deal. "But I don't feel comfortable playing under the franchise tag this year". He ended his holdout August 28, signing the franchise tag tender of $11.8 million.

The 28-year-old is maybe coming off one of his best seasons where he returned two interceptions for touchdowns.

Eric Berry's appearance on the NFL Network on Thursday brought into focus his intentions this offseason. Free agency, when Berry could sign with another team if not tagged or under contract, is on March 9.

The good news for Chiefs fans is that Berry's frustration can be rectified with a new contract, and Berry says the fact his representation has already engaged in talks with the front office is promising.

And now we are in the same situation, Berry is a pending free agent and if the Chiefs decide to tag him again, he would be guaranteed a 20 percent raise but not the long-term security someone who has had significant health problems craves. He played this season on the tag, which paid just over $10.8 million. We've been through a lot, and they supported me a lot.

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