Chiefs release safety Eric Berry

KANSAS CITY MO- DECEMBER 13 Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Eric Berry before an NFL game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs moved on from Eric Berry on Wednesday, releasing him to get younger in the secondary and free up salary cap space.

"Seeing his passion and watching his love for the game has been truly remarkable", Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid said.

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. "Knowing what Eric has meant to this organization and this city made this an incredibly hard decision". "He will always be an important part of our Chiefs family, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future".

It will be intriguing to see what kind of interest Berry generates on the open market, especially considering the veteran safety was limited to four total games over the past two seasons combined.

The move to release Berry comes on the heels of the Chiefs releasing linebackers Justin Houston and Dee Ford.

He tore his Achilles' tendon in the 2017 opener, sidelining him the rest of the season. As a rookie he made the Pro Bowl for the first of what would be five times. It was the first of four seasons in which he missed nearly an entire campaign.

Berry played in 89 games in nine seasons with the Chiefs. He worked out during the off-season while undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

Unfortunately, Berry has been plagued by injuries in recent years.

Berry, 30, joined the Chiefs in 2010 as a first-round draft pick (fifth overall) from Tennessee and established himself as one of the NFL's top safeties. 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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