Report: Chiefs make first-rounder Berry league's highest-paid safety

Posted July 30, 2010 @ 3:12 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Chiefs agreed to terms Friday with 2010 first-round draft pick S Eric Berry on a six-year deal that will pay him $60 million, including $34 million guaranteed, according to the NFL Network's Jason La Canfora.

Berry, the fifth overall selection, was a three-year starter at Tennessee before declaring for the draft after his junior season. In addition to amassing 245 tackles in his collegiate career, he also had 14 interceptions — including three returned for touchdowns — 17 passes defended and three sacks. Finishing just nine yards short of the NCAA record for career interception return yards, Berry was a two-time unanimous All-American.

In PFW's 2010 Draft Preview, personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki said the 6-0, 211-pound Berry "is rangy and has exceptional ball skills, hands and production" and "hits like a ton of bricks and will propel his body like a projectile to deliver a blow."

Berry's contract makes him the highest-paid safety in NFL history. He's expected to report to Chiefs training camp this weekend.


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