Tag:Eric Berry
Posted on: August 6, 2010 12:23 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2010 1:40 pm

Report: Okung, Seahawks reach 6-year deal

Posted by Will Brinson

Update: The "agreement to terms" is offcial, via the Seahawks' Twitter feed . Bonus: nifty picture of Pete Carroll and Okung meeting in Seattle.

Well, that was fast -- shortly after a report that C.J. Spiller agreed to terms with the Bills surfaced , news is now coming out that the remaining unsigned first-rounder, Russell Okung, has agreed to a six-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that Okung, the sixth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, agreed to terms on a contract that will pay him up to $58 million over the life of the deal, with $30 million guaranteed.

Provided that both the Okung and Spiller reports are accurate, all of the 2010 first-rounders have now signed or at least agreed to terms with their respective teams.

This is also the earliest that all first-round picks have been signed in the last five years -- Michael Crabtree, Derrick Harvey, JaMarcus Russell and Matt Leinart (the last picks to sign in their respective drafts) all held out until at least August 14th or later.

Okung, charged with replacing the legendary Walter Jones at left tackle, gets a substantial financial step-up from last year's sixth-rounder, the Bengals' Andre Smith. (Smith signed a four-year deal with $21 million guaranteed, but the deal contains a team option that would extend the deal to six years, $42 million with $29.5 guaranteed, so Okung's overall value is skyrocketed over Smith's although his guaranteed cash isn't.)

For relative value purposes, Joe Haden, drafted one spot below Okung, got a five-year deal worth $50 million and $26 million guaranteed, while Eric Berry received a six-year deal worth $60 million and $34 million guaranteed from the Chiefs.

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Posted on: August 2, 2010 12:05 am

Eric Berry seems like a pretty good teammate

Eric Berry inked a monster deal with the Chiefs (six-years, $60 million) to become the highest-paid safety in the NFL.

It's a reasonable concern that the money could go to his head. However, it didn't. Berry showed up to Chiefs training camp, and his first move was to apologize to his teammates for being a day late.
“I told them that I’m here and I’m ready to do whatever to help this organization get to where it needs to be,” Berry said. “(An on-time camp arrival) would have been a great statement to my teammates to show them how dedicated I am to the team.

“Yesterday was the first practice I missed in my whole life. It did hurt me so. But I’m excited to be here now and I’m ready to get to work and do whatever coach Haley asks of me.”
Berry also did the opposite of Dez Bryant, grabbing a hold of TWO teammates' pads after the practice and hauling them up the hill to the locker room.

None of that means that Berry's guaranteed to get enshrined in Canton immediately, but it is a pretty good start to his stint in KC, and it's indicative of a personality that made him such an attractive pick for the Chiefs, even though he's a safety and it was the fifth overall selection.

Of course, his talent level doesn't really hurt things either.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: August 1, 2010 11:18 pm

Russell Okung, Seahawks 'not even close'

The majority of the first-rounders from the 2010 NFL Draft have signed with their respective teams -- only six selections from the first round remain uninked after Tyson Alualu reportedly agreed to terms with the Jags .

Jermain Gresham, Dan Williams and Jerry Hughes will all likely get signed pretty quickly. Count Seattle's sixth overall selection as one of those that may take a while to get on board -- Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported on Sunday that the two sides are "not even close."
Per a league source, Okung and the Seahawks are "not even close" on a deal for the sixth overall pick in the draft. Now, it would SEEM easy to lock Okung in. After all, in theory, Seattle could just find a number that's somewhere between the deals given to Eric Berry (5th overall) and Joe Haden (7th), right?

One big problem is that Okung is prospective franchise tackle, which makes him substantially more valuable than Berry or Haden (in theory). Particularly for a team that just lost Walter Jones.

Additionally, it's almost certain that Okung is staring up at Trent Williams' deal with the Redskins and wondering just how close he can get to matching that.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: June 24, 2010 5:41 pm

KC first-round picks are hugely important

In an interesting exercise, Josh Looney of the official Chiefs web site breaks down Kansas City’s picks from the 2010 Draft and projects where they might land once the regular-season begins.

The consensus is this: though not many will break into the starting lineup – first-round pick, S Eric Berry, however, might receive that opportunity if he impresses in training camp – all could be given a chance to earn plenty of playing time.

Then, for comparison’s sake, Looney looks at the team’s past five draft classes and how much those picks played during their rookie seasons. With the exception of WR Dwayne Bowe – who started every contest but one – each No. 1 pick started all 16 games in his first season. On a side note, every second-round pick made since 2005 played, if not started, at least 15 games in their respective years.

Which tells you that either Kansas City’s front office is genius when it comes to picking first-round players who immediately make an impact, or the Chiefs are annually so thin that they have no choice but to play their rookies so much. Either way, it's good news for Berry.

--Josh Katzowitz

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