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NFL analyst thinks Jacksonville should sign Eric Berry

Eric Berry

Five months after being released by the Kansas City Chiefs, Eric Berry remains unsigned. If the Jacksonville Jaguars heed the advice of Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox, though, the veteran safety won’t be without a home in the NFL for long.

In a post submitting what move every team in the league should make before kickoff of the 2019 season, Knox wrote that Jacksonville should sign Berry to shore up their depth issues in the secondary.

Since December, Jacksonville has parted with safeties Tashaun Gipson and Barry Church, which removes a lot of talent from the roster. The Jags could replace it by adding three-time All-Pro Eric Berry…

Signing Berry would be a gamble, as there’s no guarantee he’ll ever be an All-Pro talent again. However, it’s a gamble that Jacksonville can and should make before the regular season gets underway.

The Chiefs parted ways with Berry on March 13 to free up additional cap space as they revamped a defense that ranked among the league’s worst in 2018. He played in just two regular season games last season while dealing with nagging heel pain that also caused him to miss the Chiefs’ win over the Indianapolis Colts in the second round of the playoffs. Berry was active for the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots, though, totaling six tackles in a 37-31 overtime loss.

The 30-year-old was limited to one game in 2017 after tearing his Achilles tendon in the season-opener. Berry had previously missed more than half of the 2014 season after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a disease he beat in time to return for the 2015 season, earning Pro Bowl and First Team All-Pro honors.