Chiefs Release Veteran S Eric Berry After Nine Seasons

Eric Berry

Eric Berry

The Kansas City Chiefs Wednesday announced they've released veteran safety Eric Berry.

His teammate, Jeff Allen, wrote on Twitter, "I don't think I've ever played with someone that loves the game of football as much as Eric Berry".

The move comes following Kansas City's agreement with Tyrann Mathieu on a three-year, $42 million contract. Teams like the Rams and Eagles have used this model to build formidable playoff teams that went on to make Super Bowl appearances.

Berry (6-0, 212) has played in 89 games (87 starts) in nine National Football League seasons with the Chiefs (2010-18).

The Chiefs are expected to move away from Sutton's 3-4 scheme in favor of a new 4-3 base system under new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. When healthy, Berry is peerless at his position and, if not for injury, it was likely that the Hall of Fame would come calling one day in Canton, Ohio, As it stands, Berry will undoubtedly enter the Chiefs Hall of Fame one day when he decides to end his career. But he's missed 55 of 144 possible games during his career.

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He helped the Chiefs win an elusive AFC West title as a rookie in 2010 with a team-high four interceptions and 87 tackles - second only to Derrick Johnson that season.

He tore his Achilles' tendon in the 2017 opener, sidelining him the rest of the season.

Berry, 30, was limited to just two regular-season games after his heel flared up during training camp. He was the comeback player of the year in 2015 after recovering from Hodgkin's lymphoma.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Chiefs cut Berry before $7.25 million of his 2019 salary became fully guaranteed on Friday.

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