Indianapolis listed as a top landing spot for Eric Berry
The Indianapolis Colts boast arguably the most impressive collection of young defensive talent in the NFL. Just imagine, then, what the presence of a player like Eric Berry might mean for Darius Leonard and company.
Berry, the Kansas City Chiefs’ longtime defensive captain, was released earlier this offseason as the team overhauls a defense that ranked among the league’s worst last season, and cost the team its first Super Bowl appearance since 1963 by failing to get off the field in the late fourth quarter and overtime of the AFC Championship Game. Still unsigned, Berry is an intriguing target for many teams given his leadership ability, experience, and propensity for making impact plays both in the defensive backfield and behind the line of scrimmage.
Those attributes and more are what would make Berry a great fit for the Colts, according to CBS Sports’ John Breech. Indianapolis re-signed Clayton Geathers to a one-year deal, and drafted safeties Khari Willis and and Marvell Tell III back-to-back in the fourth and fifth rounds of the NFL Draft. Clearly, the Colts aren’t entirely confident in their current stable of safeties, so why not bring Berry in on a cheap one-year deal?
The downside is obvious: injuries. Berry has played just three games over the last two seasons while battling heel injuries, and at 30-years-old, should be on the verge of slowing down even if he was fully healthy. But a one-year contract significantly mitigates the risk of any team signing Berry, and he would fill an obvious need for the Colts – both as a player, and the type of leader who can help build a culture in one of the NFL’s youngest locker rooms.