Eric Berry to return to Kansas City Chiefs next week

Rapoport reported the Chiefs are slated to interview Fitterer Tuesday or early Wednesday, per a source informed. Fitterer is one of Seattle’s many rising talents and rose to help run personnel from the college scouting ranks. A lot of Seattle’s draft success should be credited to Fitterer, Rapoport wrote in January.

Paton was a target on the Chiefs’ list — K.C. requested to speak with the Vikings assistant GM — but for a variety of reasons Paton will stay put in Minnesota, Rapoport reported per sources. Paton was also a favorite for the 49ers’ GM job back in January before San Francisco ultimately hired John Lynch.

“I’d like to thank Clark and the entire Hunt family for the opportunity to continue my coaching career here in Kansas City,” Reid said in a statement. “We’ve made quite a bit of progress over the last four seasons, but we are not done yet. We are going to continue to work towards our ultimate goal of winning championships. I’ve been blessed by the support of the community, our fans, the Hunt family and the entire Chiefs staff. I’m looking forward to the years ahead as the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.”

An extension for Reid sets up the next phase of the Chiefs’ program. Alex Smith is still the quarterback of the present, but Reid drafted his new project in Patrick Mahomes in the first round of the 2017 draft.

With the deadline for tagged players to receive a new contract passed (July 15), Berry can’t get a long-term deal until after the Chiefs’ season ends. He’ll play 2016 on the $10.806 million tag.

Berry proved his worth last season, recovering from cancer to win the Comeback Player of the Year award. A defense that is still dealing with injuries in its front seven will welcome the rangy safety back with open arms.

With 60 appearances but just two starts as a pro, Johnson can’t mask the loss of Berry, who chose not to report to camp after failing to reach a long-term deal with the club prior to the July 15 deadline for franchise-tagged players.

Ron Parker, Jamell Fleming, Daniel Sorensen and Stevie Brown have all seen safety snaps during camp, but Johnson gives the club an extra body to use during practice and preseason games. He’s no sure bet to make the team once Berry returns, but the Pro Bowler’s absence has given Johnson another shot at making an NFL roster.

For the Chiefs, it’s a flier on a name player, turning 30 in August, who once had game. Andy Reid is a master at finding a role for every player, so if Spiller can prove he’s finally healthy, the Chiefs are a good landing spot for the aging back.

We aren’t holding out hope this signing leads to production this fall. The addition is low-cost insurance for a backfield headlined by Spencer Ware and backup Charcandrick West, both of whom signed deals last season. The big question heading into the new league year is whether the franchise’s all-time leading rusher, Jamaal Charles, will remain with the team — likely not at his current salary. If K.C. moves on from Charles, Spiller has a chance to snag a backup gig.

Watson is meeting with the club on Monday, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. He’ll meet with the Browns on Tuesday. ESPN’s Josina Anderson first reported the news. The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported last month that the Browns would hold a workout and visit with the Clemson QB.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid has said Alex Smith is his QB for 2017, but the club is doing its due diligence on some the draft’s top QBs. The team scheduled a private workout with North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky. Watson and Trubisky are the Nos. 2 and 3 QBs in NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock’s ranking of the top five prospects at each position.

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