Chiefs release safety Eric Berry, save $9.5 million on the salary cap

Tanya Simon
March 15, 2019

The Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs have released safety Eric Berry, who missed almost all of last season with a mysterious heel injury that cropped up early in training camp.

"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 Clark Hunt said in a statement. "Seeing his passion and watching his love for the game has been truly remarkable". "He's a special person, and we wish him the best as his career moves forward". Berry was once a pillar of the Kansas City defense alongside Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali, and Justin Houston. "We wish him nothing but the best". He tore his ACL in the first quarter of the opener, ending his season. As a rookie he made the Pro Bowl for the first of what would be five times. That was the first of four seasons in which Berry missed nearly an entire season.

A lymphoma diagnosis cut Berry's 2014 season short, but he returned before the start of the 2015 season. He worked out during the offseason despite undergoing chemotherapy treatments. If only Berry's healthy years had switched to 2017 and 2018 when the offense came alive and Patrick Mahomes came to.

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Berry, 30, was limited to just two regular-season games after his heel flared up during training camp.

The greatest moment of Eric Berry's storied tenure as a Chief happened prior to kickoff in a playoff game the Chiefs ultimately lost. He has 440 career tackles (372 solo), 5.5 sacks, 14 interceptions (five touchdowns), 51 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

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