Kansas City Chiefs cut long-time safety Eric Berry

  • Kansas City Chiefs cut long-time safety Eric Berry

Kansas City Chiefs cut long-time safety Eric Berry

The release of Berry, 30, brings an end to the Kansas City career of one of the team's most respected leaders of the past decade.

The Chiefs elected to release Eric Berry on the first day of the new National Football League year.

The club released Berry with a post-June 1 designation, a source told Yahoo Sports, meaning the Chiefs will save approximately $9.5 million on the salary cap this year and $5.5 million on the cap in 2020.

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.

"On behalf of my family and the entire Chiefs organization, I want to thank Eric for his many contributions to the Chiefs over the last nine seasons", Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said in a statement. "He will always be an important part of our Chiefs family, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future".

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. Other times when he wasn't available to play he encouraged his teammates with his tutelage and passion for the game.

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

Berry is a tenacious defender with excellent ball skills (14 career interceptions and 51 pass breakups). The Chiefs selected him with the fifth-overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Berry also missed all but two games in 2018 but was on the field for the playoffs.

Following the 2015 season, Berry was named the AP Comeback Player of the Year Award and received the Ed Block Courage Award after overcoming Hodgkin's lymphoma. He played collegiately at the University of Tennessee.