Chiefs release safety Eric Berry

Lynette Rowe
March 16, 2019

That doesn't mean they can't still improve at safety and another big name just became available as the Kansas City Chiefs released Eric Berry on Wednesday.

Berry, a safety, is a five-time pro bowler, however, he's been plagued with injuries recently.

"On behalf of my family and the entire Chiefs organization, I want to thank Eric for his many contributions to the Chiefs over the last nine seasons", Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement.

By releasing Berry, the Chiefs don't have to pay him an additional $7.25 million that would have become guaranteed by Friday.

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

Earlier this week, the Chiefs parted ways with edge defender Justin Houston, who made four Pro Bowls during his eight seasons with the club.

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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. We wish him nothing but the best". "He's a special person, and we wish him the best as his career moves forward".

The move is the latest in an offseason defensive overhaul for the Chiefs, who fired Bob Sutton within days of an AFC Championship Game.

The Chiefs agreed to a $42 million, three-year deal with former Texans safety Tyrann Mathieu before the start of free agency, and it turned out to be a signal that Berry's time in Kansas City was over.

Berry's career with the Chiefs was marked by incredible peaks and valleys.

During his time with the Chiefs, Berry overcame Hodgkin's-Lymphoma to get back on the field. He played in 89 games from 2010 to 2018, wracking up 440 tackles, 14 interceptions and 51 passes defended.

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