KANSAS CITY -- The Kansas City Chiefs and Eric Berry failed to reach an agreement on a long-term deal, meaning the safety will play this season under the value of his franchise tag, worth $10.8 million.
Chiefs general manager John Dorsey announced in a statement Friday that the team and Berry were unable to sign a new contract by the NFL's 4 p.m. EDT deadline.
Berry was the NFL Comeback Player of the Year last season after being diagnosed in November 2014 with Hodgkin's lymphoma. He made his fourth Pro Bowl last season after helping lead the Chiefs to the playoffs.
"Although both sides would have preferred a different outcome, Eric is a true professional and a tremendous football player, and we know that he will continue to be a leader in our locker room," Dorsey said. "We look forward to resuming our discussions on a long-term agreement when the negotiating window reopens after the season."