KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One day after beating the Chicago Bears in their 3rd preseason game, the Kansas City Chiefs announced the signing of veteran safety Eric Berry to a one year tender offer, estimated to be worth around $10.8 million dollars. Berry is the Chiefs franchise player, and did not participate in the team’s off season program or training camp.
Berry joined the team for practice on Monday, as they prepare to play the Green Bay Packers on Thursday in the team’s final preseason game.
Berry said he was confident that he’ll be physically ready for Week 1. One thing is for sure: he’s happy to be back.
“Amazing. It’s good seeing everybody, seeing all the coaches and all my teammates,” Berry said. “You know, it’s a wonderful feeling to be back in the building.”
“It was tough just because I love my teammates. I wouldn’t trade them for anything. It was definitely hard not to be here,” Berry added.
“It’s good to have him back”, said head coach Andy Reid. “He’s got a smile on his face, and he’s ready to go. That’s the important thing that we get him back in, and get him going and get him into football shape now. He’s in great shape, but just get him into football shape.”
Reid said on Friday that he had no doubts about Berry’s condition going forward. He told NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk that he was certain Berry had been taking good care of himself in the offseason, despite missing all team activities this summer.
“Eric’s one of our good players, and he’s in the business side of it right now,” Reid explained. “This is all part of the profession, so I get it. But I also know when he comes in he’s going to be in great shape, he’ll be able to get himself back before the first game and be ready to go, because that’s the way he trains in the offseason and the kind of shape he keeps himself in.”
The Chiefs open the regular season on Sept. 11 taking on the San Diego Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium.