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Chiefs move to secure Eric Berry for ‘foreseeable future’ with franchise tag

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs administration made clear their intention to keep Eric Berry in red for many more seasons to come.

The Chiefs announced on Tuesday that they placed the franchise tag on the four-time Pro Bowler.

A franchise tag is a designation a team may apply to a player scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. The tag keeps Berry in Kansas City for one year if certain conditions are met. In short, the Chiefs are hoping to nail down Berry’s spot while a long-term contract can be reached.

The deadline for a long-term contact to be reached is July 15 at 3 p.m.

“Our goal is to keep Eric in Kansas City for the foreseeable future,” Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey said in a news release. “He’s a special player that means a lot to our organization, the city, and has been a critical piece in building our foundation. With today being the deadline to use the franchise tag, we felt it was in the best interest of the club to place the tag on Eric.”

Berry has played in 70 games (68 starts) in six seasons with KC (2010-15). He has racked up 384 tackles (308 solo), 26 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks (-37.5 yards), 14 pressures and 10 interceptions, including three returned for touchdowns in his career.

He originally entered the NFL as a first-round draft selection (fifth overall pick) of the Chiefs in the 2010 NFL Draft.