Chiefs release veteran safety Eric Berry after nine seasons with the team

Chiefs release veteran safety Eric Berry after nine seasons with the team

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. Given all things considered, Berry likely wouldn't command much from a financial standpoint, and if he stays healthy, he could provide a boost to a Cowboys defense that was fairly strong last season.

Throughout his nine-year Chiefs career, Berry has had no shortage of legendary moments.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, $7.25 million of Berry's contract would have become guaranteed, had he remained on the Chiefs' roster until this Friday. 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.

Berry, 30, spent nine seasons in Kansas City after being drafted by the Chiefs with the fifth-overall pick in the 2010 draft.

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Chiefs brass paid tribute to Berry in a series of statements accompanying the announcement of his release. "We wish him nothing but the best". Berry played a single game in 2017 before tearing his Achilles tendon, forcing him to miss the rest of the season.

His release comes with a post-June 1 designation, meaning the Chiefs take on $6.5 million in dead money this season and $8 million next season.

The Chiefs are expected to move away from Sutton's 3-4 scheme in favor of a new 4-3 base system under new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. His career numbers include 440 tackles (372 solo), 5.5 sacks, 14 interceptions (five return TDs), 51 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

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.

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