Green Bay Packers named a top landing spot for Eric Berry
The Green Bay Packers have made some big splashes this offseason – and they might not be done. According to Brian Jones of 247Sports.com, they’ve been named a top landing spot for free agent safety Eric Berry.
The Green Bay Packers have added two fantastic pass rushers in Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith. They’ve also made a big splash in the secondary with safety Adrian Amos. Now they could be completing their safety duo with Eric Berry.
In the past, Berry has been an elite safety in the NFL. He’s probably most famous for coming back from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and having a fantastic year in 2015.
However, that was four years ago. More recently, Berry has dealt with a lot of injury problems. The safety appeared in just one game for the Chiefs in 2017 and two games in 2018.
Due to that, there are a lot of questions surrounding his game. Can Berry stay healthy long enough to impact a team? If he can stay healthy, what type of player will he be?
Absolutely, at one point in time, Eric Berry was the class of the safety position. Basically having two years off due to injury changes things though. You can’t assume a 30-year-old safety will return for a full slate of games in 2019 after playing a combined three out of a possible 32 in the last two seasons.
If he does, it would be irresponsible to assume he’d be the All-Pro type of player he once was.
This could play right into the Green Bay Packers’ hands though. The market for Berry will be a lot thinner than it would’ve been even last year. Two straight wasted years thanks to injuries will leave him with far less suitors (or at least aggressive suitors) than you’d expect. That means the Packers won’t be breaking the bank for Berry – making a marriage between the two very much a possible outcome.
Eric Berry has proven he’s an elite safety when he can remain healthy. If the Green Bay Packers can land him (and he stays somewhat healthy), big things could be in-store in 2019 for Cheeseheads.