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Nov 9, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Chicago Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) is defended by San Diego Chargers cornerback Patrick Robinson (26) on a 14-yard reception in the second quarter in a NFL football game at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 9, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Chicago Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) is defended by San Diego Chargers cornerback Patrick Robinson (26) on a 14-yard reception in the second quarter in a NFL football game at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 9, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Kansas City Chiefs free safety Eric Berry (29) reacts after intercepting a pass against the Houston Texans during the first quarter in a AFC Wild Card playoff football game at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 9, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Kansas City Chiefs free safety Eric Berry (29) reacts after intercepting a pass against the Houston Texans during the first quarter in a AFC Wild Card playoff football game at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

SS: Eric Berry

If there is one guy out there who is better than Cincinnati Bengals strong safety

George Iloka

, it is Eric Berry. Kansas City would have to be nuts to let this guy walk away quietly, especially since he helped them go on a massive streak after dropping five of their first six games.

Berry finished 2015 with two interceptions, 10 pass deflections, and 61 combined tackles, to complete another solid season in which he played in every game. His concern however has been health, but has seem to come back from cancer stronger. He has missed 26 games in his six years in the NFL. Teams may take that into account when looking to sign a defensive back, but is valuable when healthy.

Nonetheless, his career in Kansas City has been impressive to say the lease. In his six years, he has accrued 10 interceptions, five and a half sacks, 41 pass deflections, three touchdowns, and 20 tackles for loss. If he can continue to get stronger from the return from cancer, he will be a valuable asset to any team.

If Earl Thomas‘s contract is a base line for what Berry could ask for, I would expect him to get somewhere in the $7 million dollar average range. It’s not out of the realm of possibilities he could get a little more when you think about all the performance bonuses that could be offered. The only question will be can Kansas City put up the money with a few large contracts hanging over them?

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