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Former Tennessee safety Eric Berry signs monster contract extension with Kansas City Chiefs

The former Vol is getting paid.

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Eric Berry has proven to be one of the best safeties in the NFL and one of the best Tennessee Volunteers-turned-pros in recent memory.

On Tuesday, Berry was rewarded for his litany of success. The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to terms with the five-time Pro Bowler and three-time First Team All-Pro for a monster contract extension.

Terms of the deal are disclosed in the above tweet by ESPN’s NFL ace insider Adam Schefter. Berry will receive $40 million in guaranteed money and a $20 million signing bonus as well. In total, the deal is worth $78 million over the course of the next six seasons.

Berry entered the league back in 2010, having been selected by the Chiefs with the fifth overall pick. While he was a Tennessee, he was not only one of the best DBs for the Vols, but one of the best the conference has seen in quite some time. He won the conference Defensive Player of the Year award in 2008, and was a named to the All-SEC First Team in 2008 and 2009 too.

Berry was also a unanimous All-American in those years as well and won the Jack Tatum Award twice (in, you guessed it: 2008 and 2009) and was the Jim Thorpe Award recipient in 2009 as well.

In his seven seasons with the Chiefs, Berry has amassed 14 interceptions, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, five touchdowns, 5.5 sacks, 51 passes defended and 430 total tackles.

Congrats to Berry! VFL also, and such.