Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Chiefs officially release Eric Berry

Chiefs officially 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.

After announcing their decision to release the beloved veteran safety on Wednesday, the Chiefs released a video thanking Berry for his time wearing red and gold. "He's a special person, and we wish him the best as his career moves forward".

They also have agreed to a three-year contract with former Texans safety Tyrann Mathieu. He returned a season later after undergoing chemotherapy and being ruled cancer free, earning his fourth of five Pro Bowl appearances with the team.

However, he aggravated the injury and missed the team's regular-season finale before playing against the Patriots in the AFC championship. 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 has 440 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 51 passes defended, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Sadly, his career was halted when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma back in December of 2014.

Berry intends to play football this season, a source told Yahoo Sports.

Berry sustained a torn Achilles tendon in 2017 after one game. He's an Ed Block Courage Award recipient as well as an AP Comeback Player of the Year victor.

Berry played in 89 games in nine seasons with the Chiefs. Berry also missed all but two games in 2018 but was on the field for the playoffs.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Chiefs cut Berry before $7.25 million of his 2019 salary became fully guaranteed on Friday.

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