Former All-Pro Eric Berry set to visit Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys might’ve missed out on Earl Thomas, but they’re still active in the safety market. The team is bringing in former Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry for a visit, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
It’s the first known visit for Berry since he was released by the Chiefs last week. The Cowboys had a heavily publicized flirtation with Thomas but ultimately couldn’t match the contract the Ravens offered him. Dallas has made it clear they’re looking for a more affordable option, and Berry could probably be had for a relatively low price.
The reason Berry could come somewhat cheaply is because of all the injuries he’s suffered recently. In February of 2017, the Chiefs signed him to a six-year, $78 million contract, but he played in just three regular season games under that deal. Berry tore his Achilles in the first game of the 2017 season and hasn’t been able to fully recover since.
He developed a bone spur in his Achilles and missed the first 13 games of last season as a result. He played in the next two games, then sat out the next couple, before returning for the AFC Championship Game against the Patriots. The Chiefs released him shortly after that in an expected move.
It’s unclear exactly how healthy Berry is, and whether or not he’s still dealing with the bone spurs. As such, any deal he signs next is likely going to be incentive-heavy. When he was healthy, Berry was regularly one of the best safeties in the game.
He’s a five-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro. It could prove to be a very nice high upside signing for the Cowboys or any other team if he can make it back to full health.