NFL Rumors: Ex-Chief Eric Berry Draws Interest from Colts Entering Free Agency

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 1, 2020

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2018, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Eric Berry (29) pauses during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers in Kansas City, Mo. The Chiefs began free agency by cutting one of their most popular players in strong safety Eric Berry, who was a dynamic presence when he was healthy but had missed significant time throughout his career. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)
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Despite missing the entire 2019 season, veteran safety Eric Berry could return to the field in 2020 with the Indianapolis Colts among those interested.

"I've been told that there have at least been discussions," NFL Network's Jim Trotter said on NFL Now (via Kevin Patra of NFL.com). "One of Eric Berry's best friends is Justin Houston, his former teammate in Kansas City, who is now with the Colts."

Trotter added that the five-time Pro Bowler "looks great" on tape after being limited by leg injuries over the past few seasons.

The 31-year-old suffered a ruptured Achilles at the start of the 2017 season and the problem lingered into 2018, when he was diagnosed with Haglund's deformity in his heel.

Since the start of 2017, Berry has only played three regular-season games and one playoff game.

Despite his missed time, the veteran has proven the ability to overcome tough odds to return. He tore his ACL earlier in his career and was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma before winning Comeback Player of the Year in 2015.

The safety has also been a dominant player when on the field, being named first-team All-Pro in each of his last three full seasons in 2013, 2015 and 2016. He had four interceptions and returned two touchdowns in 2016 when he was at full strength.

Any interested team could get excellent value with this high-upside signing if Berry can stay on the field.

Indianapolis could especially use another safety to pair with Malik Hooker after finishing just 23rd in the NFL against the pass last year. Clayton Geathers is set to enter free agency while Khari Willis is still unproven at the position.


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