Chiefs release S Eric Berry

Jose Verdugo
Marcha 14, 2019

Berry's release will also result in $6.9 million in dead money, but the move, in addition to the recent trade of Dee Ford, creates a total of $26 million in cap room for the Chiefs to use this offseason.

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. Many took to Twitter to share their thoughts, and at least one teammate did as well.

He earned five trips to the Pro Bowl in his time with the Chiefs.

Unfortunately, the last two injury-plagued seasons have also kept him from furthering that legacy, which has made this an easier decision for general manager Brett Veach when it comes to the business side of things.

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"I'd like to thank Eric for his contributions to our team and the Kansas City community over the last nine years", coach Andy Reid said Wednesday in a statement from the Chiefs. "Knowing what Eric has meant to this organization and this city made this an incredibly hard decision".

"Eric has been a tremendous leader for our football team and an inspiration to so many fans over the years", Hunt said, "and we sincerely appreciate all that he has meant to the Chiefs".

The release of Berry is a post-June 1st designation. 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". "He's a special person, and we wish him the best as his career moves forward".

The team also recently released linebacker Justin Houston, freeing up $21.1 million in their salary cap.

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