Just a few short years ago, Eric Berry was viewed as one of the top defensive players in the NFL and was an absolute superstar for the Kansas City Chiefs. Now, he is still sitting in free agency waiting for a team to give him another chance.
After missing big chunks of the last few years due to health issues and injuries, Berry is having trouble finding a new team after being released by the Chiefs earlier this offseason. Even though he is older and has had some major wear and tear, he is still more than capable of being a big addition for any team that decides to sign him.
Last season with the Chiefs, Berry was able to play in just two regular season games. He recorded 11 total tackles in those two games. Berry also played two games in the playoffs for Kansas City, recording six total tackles.
While he may not be the star that he once was, Berry still has a couple years of football left in the tank. Most teams have targeted other options at safety this offseason, but there are still a few franchises that could use the help of a veteran like Berry.
Let’s dive in and take a look at three teams that should still target Berry late in free agency.
3. Indianapolis Colts
Chris Ballard has a history with Berry from his time in Kansas City. Indianapolis spent two draft picks on players that could play safety in Khari Willis and Marvin Tell III, but a guy like Berry would fit very well in the secondary alongside Malik Hooker.
If the Colts were to give Berry a chance, it would be on a one-year deal. He could come in, start for a season, and be a strong veteran mentor for the two young defensive backs the Colts drafted. It may not be a perfect fit, but it would make a lot of sense for Indianapolis to take a risk on him.
2. Cleveland Browns
Next up, the Cleveland Browns would be an ideal fit for Berry as well. They were reported to have interest in signing him earlier in the offseason and could still use some help at the safety position. Damarious Randall is an excellent playmaking safety, but the Browns need someone that can make plays and lay down big hits.
Berry isn’t going to lay down the punishing hits that he used to, but he is more than capable of playing at a high level. Cleveland is hoping to make a run at the Super Bowl after years of disappointment and loading up on as much talent as possible makes perfect sense.
1. Dallas Cowboys
Finally, the Dallas Cowboys could be a team to watch late in free agency. After missing out on Earl Thomas this offseason, the Cowboys’ defense could still use a presence like the one Eric Berry brings to the field.
Jason Garrett and company are hoping to repeat their success from last season and make the playoffs once again. They have an improving, young defense, but could use some leadership. Berry could bring that leadership and would also be an upgrade over what they currently have at the safety position.