Chiefs Release Eric Berry

Eric Berry

Chiefs Release Eric Berry

Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement that Berry has been a tremendous leader for their football team and an inspiration to so many fans over the years.

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. 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".

The safety quickly became a star in Kansas City, garnering three First-Team All-Pro nods while racking up 14 interceptions with five defensive touchdowns over nine seasons with the Chiefs. Teams like the Rams and Eagles have used this model to build formidable playoff teams that went on to make Super Bowl appearances.

Berry, the fifth-overall pick out of Tennessee in 2010, has been one of the league's best safeties when he's been healthy enough to play.

The Chiefs sacked longtime coordinator Bob Sutton and replaced him with Steve Spagnuolo shortly after their defense wrapped up a miserable season with a complete letdown against the Patriots in the AFC championship game.

Berry has played in 89 games in his career.

During his second season, Berry suffered a torn ACL in the season opener and missed the rest of the season. He's an Ed Block Courage Award recipient as well as an AP Comeback Player of the Year victor. He would have been guaranteed $7.5 million of salary on Friday.

An inspirational player on and off the field, Berry's career has been defined by brilliant play and overcoming personal anguish to dominate for the Chiefs.

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