Kansas City Chiefs Release Safety Eric Berry

Chiefs Release Veteran S Eric Berry After Nine Seasons

Chiefs Release Veteran S Eric Berry After Nine Seasons

The Chiefs announced Wednesday that Berry has been released at the start of the official league year, ending a nine-year tenure with the team.

The Kansas City Chiefs have released Eric Berry.

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.

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.

Berry, 30, spent nine seasons in Kansas City after being drafted by the Chiefs with the fifth-overall pick in the 2010 draft. "We wish him nothing but the best".

The move is the latest in an offseason defensive overhaul for the Chiefs, who fired Bob Sutton within days of an AFC Championship Game.

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. Then it picked up steam once Spagnuolo examined the personnel and decided that numerous pieces did not fit with his preferred 4-3 system. "He's a special person, and we wish him the best as his career moves forward".

During his time with the Chiefs, Berry overcame Hodgkin's-Lymphoma to get back on the field.

His teammate, Jeff Allen, wrote on Twitter, "I don't think I've ever played with someone that loves the game of football as much as Eric Berry".

Berry seemed resurgent in 2013 with three interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns, and a career-high 3 1/2 sacks during coach Andy Reid's first season in Kansas City.

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