A FanPost By Falco
Hearing Footsteps: bE Broke, bE Bane, bE Baffling
So, news broke today that Eric Berry is NOT having off season surgery to fix the Haglund’s Deformity (Bone Spur) that caused him to miss virtually all of this past season. My first reaction was to want to burn my Berry Hoodie that poses as a jersey. My second reaction was Clark should sue him. I mean I was and still am royally pissed over this.
Now when Chiefs news breaks good or bad just about the first thing I do is text Bird. Well I tag him on the Myface, and then I text him. This was no different. My text to him was along the line of burning my hoodie. Bird’s first reply is they’re so cutting him.
Here I am trying to talk myself out of pouring the lighter fluid. I’m thinking along the lines of with all the dead money I’d just IR his ass. Trying to find a way to ease the cap hit besides the post June cut that just spreads the dead money out. I’m thinking what about Non-Football Injury PUP, anything, but Bird assured me there is no relief from this now crap sandwich of a contract.
I was all for paying Eric Berry. The last season he played (2016) he was the heart and soul of our defense, and he was top three at his position. The hold out was infuriating, but I felt he was vital to any defensive success we’d expect to have. Turns out after seeing the defense play two years without him, he was vital. Still better than paying Sean Smith. The contract was valid, the results and how it has played, or in Berry’s case not played, out are terribad.
The next stop was OverTheCap to see what the damage was going to be. With a post June designation, it leaves the Chiefs with $9.5m in savings this year. Having read this my thought was unless that $9.5m is the difference between a Superb Owl and not a Superb Owl I’d still think about IR’ing him and making him sit vs paying him to go away. My stubbornness and willingness to cut my nose off might be one of the reasons I’m not a team owner.
The flip side of the savings is still how much dead money is still hitting the Chiefs cap number. With the $9.5m in savings it’s still costing the team $6.95m in 2019 to free themselves of this bone spur. Over two years (19 & 20) it will cost them a total of $10.95m with a total savings of $19m. That is a $4m cap hit next year. (At least that is my understanding. I’m not the best Capologist)
All of this is spinning in my head with the idea that Eric is refusing to get the surgery that would fix the bone spur. The surgery that I felt he should have been having hours after the AFC Championship Game. This is when Bird floated to me that the Chiefs are probably trying to keep him from surgery. With the surgery he’d fail his physicals and they’d have to pay him and cutting him would save nothing. This only works if you assume that a repaired Eric isn’t worth having at his full $16.5m. Now I agree he’s probably not going to play well enough coming back to be “worth” $16.5m, but then the question is if a repaired Eric isn’t better than his replacement knowing you have to spend $6.95m (and a total of $10.95) for the privilege to replace him.