Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Kansas City Chiefs Release Safety Eric Berry

Kansas City Chiefs Release Safety Eric Berry

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Wednesday that the club has released safety Eric Berry.

"I'd like to thank Eric for his contributions to our team and the Kansas City community over the last nine years", Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid said.

Watching Chiefs games this season will look a little different without No. 29 roaming the secondary in Arrowhead. "He's a special person, and we wish him the best as his career moves forward".

The five-time Pro Bowl safety would have been guaranteed $7.25 million of his salary if he was on the roster Friday. He also missed part of a season while he was undergoing treatment for cancer, which not only further endeared him to the Kansas City fan base but also to the National Football League community at large. "He will always be an important part of our Chiefs family, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future". He suffered a torn ACL in the team's opener and missed the entire year. He was also given a huge extension with the Chiefs in 2017, but a torn Achilles shut that season quickly. It was the first of four seasons in which he missed nearly an entire campaign.

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His 2014 season was cut short by a lymphoma diagnosis, but he returned in time for the start of the next season, a speedy comeback that might have seemed miraculous but was spurred by Berry's strong will. He worked out during the off-season while undergoing chemotherapy treatments. He played in only three contests in 2018 due to an ailing heel.

Berry originally entered the NFL as the fifth-overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Chiefs. He has 440 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 51 passes defended, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Berry's release is the latest of several moves on defense for the Chiefs.

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