Free agent Eric Berry pondering return in 2020

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Free agent safety Eric Berry is planning to return to the NFL in 2020. He has missed the entire 2019 season.

He did receive interest from teams to sign to play this past season. However, he intentionally missed the season to get his “mind and body ready” for another season.

Former Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry is introduced prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans
Eric Berry is introduced prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans (Getty Images)

The 31-year-old was a first-round pick by the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2010 NFL Draft. He spent his entire career with the franchise.

However, with the Chiefs having Tyrann Mathieu locked up to a long-term deal, it is unlikely that the Fairburn, Georgia native returns there.

Over the last two seasons, Berry has played in just three games. He played in two games during the 2018 season and one game during the 2017 season.

Berry played in the first two games of the 2018 season before missing the rest of the campaign. He had 11 tackles in those two contests.

The first game of the season – a 29-28 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers – he played in 41% of the defensive snaps. The following week – a 38-31 loss to the Seattle Seahawks – he played in 89% of the defensive snaps.

He did make it back in time for the Chiefs AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots. He played in 100% of the defensive snaps in the 37-31 overtime loss to the Patriots, where he had six tackles.

During the 2017 season, Berry played in the first game of the season, before missing the rest of the season. He had four tackles, including one tackle for a loss in a 42-27 win over the Patriots.

In his career, he has appeared in 89 games, including 87 starts. He has 445 tackles, including 29 tackles for a loss and 14 quarterback hits. Berry also has 5.5 sacks, 14 interceptions, including five interceptions returned for a touchdown; four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and 51 pass deflections.

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