As the deadline for players to sign their tags looms, it looks as though Berry will land in the group that will play under the tag in 2016. Unless there is a significant shift in the next two days, a source familiar with the negotiations tells NFL Media's Rand Getlin the Chiefs and Berry are unlikely to come to terms on a long-term deal.
Both sides have said for months that they hoped a long-term deal would come out of the negotiations, but it appears the distance between the two might be insurmountable in the next two days. Berry is in line for a boost in pay either way and is set to make $10.8 million under the tag, but without the security of a long-term deal.
Berry returned in 2015 after a battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma to inspire a Chiefs defense that was a big part of their return to prominence, going 11-5 and dominating the Houston Texans 30-0 in the AFC Wild Card round. Berry finished with 61 tackles, 10 pass deflections and two interceptions, good enough to be selected to the Pro Bowl and to be named first-team All Pro and NFL Comeback Player of the Year.