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Rival Report 7/15: Von Miller gets huge deal at Tag deadline, Eric Berry does not

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The negotiations between the Denver Broncos and their star linebacker Von Miller have finally culminated in a last second deal for the Super Bowl MVP. Meanwhile, NFL Comeback Player of the Year Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs wasn't as lucky and will play on the franchise tag with no deal completed before today's Franchise Tag deadline.

Von Miller's contract has been the talk of the entire off-season with the super star stating several times that he would sit out the season rather than play on the Franchise Tag this year. That won't be a necessary sacrifice after he has officially signed a 6 year, $114.5M contract with $70M guaranteed to be paid by March 18th of 2018. The overall numbers had been agreed to long ago but there was much debate over the guaranteed portion which the Broncos tried to low ball at first with only $38M guaranteed over the first two years of the deal.

Eric Berry's situation is actually quite a bit more interesting. The Chiefs and their star safety were unable to come to an agreement but it's one of the reasons why that is so strange. Reportedly, it is because Kansas City tried to get Berry to purchase his own disability policy at a cost of $2M that would have had the Chiefs as the beneficiary to be paid $20M if Eric Berry were unable to play through the span of the contract.

For those of you unfamiliar with Eric Berry's situation, he missed all of the season before last while battling Cancer which he miraculously beat and came back as good as ever to have a Pro Bowl season last year. That the Chiefs would turn around and ask him to spend his own money on a disability policy for them is about as odd of a circumstance as I have ever heard of happening.

The Chiefs reportedly let go of the request but the damage had already been done. Between the odd request from the team and Eric Berry's contract demands that are believed to have been in the $12-$13M a year range it isn't that surprising that no deal was made. It will be interesting to see if there is bad blood remaining next year when Eric Berry will likely be given the chance to test free agency rather than be given the Franchise Tag two seasons in a row.

There were other, non AFC West Franchise Tagged players that also were trying to get deals done before today's deadline. The Ravens reached a 4 year deal with kicker Justin Tucker, and surprisingly the New York Jets were able to sign Muhammad Wilkerson to a long term deal. The Jets and Wilkerson have been embroiled in a contract controversy for quite some time and there have long been rumors that the two would not be able to come to an agreement.

The players that were unable to get deals done were Washington QB Kirk Cousins, Rams CB Trumaine Johnson, and Bears WR Alshon Jeffrey.

Chiefs failed to reach a deal with Eric Berry after asking him to pay for his own disability policy -
It sounds like negotiations between the Chiefs and the 2015 Comeback Player of the Year got a little ugly.

BREAKING: Broncos sign linebacker Von Miller to a six-year, $114.5 million deal - Mile High Report
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Denver Broncos

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Where does Von Miller’s new monster contract stack up and was it worth it? – The Denver Post

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Kansas City Chiefs

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Well huh.

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