Eric Berry era begins in Kansas City

July, 30, 2010
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The Kansas City Chiefs drafted Eric Berry to become the cornerstone of their young defense. That project can now officially begin.

On the day Kansas City opened training camp at its new Missouri facility, it signed the hard-hitting safety. Berry agreed to a six-year contract with a whopping $34 million salary. The Tennessee product was the No. 5 overall pick and is considered a smart player who can make an instant impact. He was Kansas City’s premier addition on the defensive side of the ball.

It was imperative that Berry got into camp early. Kudos to both the Chiefs and to Berry for making it happen.

Kansas City has now wrapped up signing its draft class. There are now only two unsigned rookies in the AFC West: San Diego running back Ryan Mathews and Denver receiver Demaryius Thomas. Both negotiations could take a few days, but, at this point, there aren’t any indications that either player could be out for an extended period of time.

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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