Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

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

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

The decision could not have been an easy one, emotionally speaking, given how much Berry has meant to the team and its fan base over the years.

The Chiefs announced Wednesday that Berry has been released at the start of the official league year, ending a nine-year tenure with the team. Berry is also more of a strong safety - and Carolina needs more of a cover safety to balance out Reid's skill-set.

"We sincerely appreciate all that he has meant to the Chiefs, Hunt said".

Thomas simply asked Jason Garrett to bring him to Big D. Dallas tried to abide by those wishes as they engaged in trade talks with Seattle but nothing came to fruition. Chiefs coach Andy Reid described Berry as "a special person" and said that "seeing his passion and watching his love for the game has been truly remarkable". But he also missed most of the 2011 season with torn knee ligaments, most of the 2017 season with a torn Achilles' tendon, and almost all of last season, when a mysterious heel injury kept him off the field for all but two games. "He will always be an important part of our Chiefs family, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future".

The Fairburn, Ga., native, originally entered the NFL as the fifth-overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Chiefs. As a rookie he made the Pro Bowl for the first of what would be five times.

Berry, a three-time All-Pro, was honored with the AP's Comback Player of the Year Award following the 2015 season after overcoming Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Berry has recorded 440 tackles (372 solo), 5.5 sacks, 14 interceptions (five returned for touchdowns), 51 passes defended, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries during his career. He played collegiately at the University of Tennessee.

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