Chiefs organization thanks Eric Berry for nine seasons with the franchise

Heather Diaz
March 16, 2019

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.

But his tenure with the Chiefs came to an end Wednesday when the team announced that it had released Berry. "He's a special person, and we wish him the best as his career moves forward".

The Chiefs agreed to a $42 million, three-year deal with former Texans safety Tyrann Mathieu before the start of free agency, and it turned out to be a signal that Berry's time in Kansas City was over. Teams like the Rams and Eagles have used this model to build formidable playoff teams that went on to make Super Bowl appearances.

Berry hasn't been able to catch a break for the bulk of his National Football League career. The veteran All-Pro played in 89 games (87 starts) in his nine seasons with the Chiefs.

Berry has 14 interceptions in his career, returning five for touchdowns.

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He tore his Achilles' tendon in the 2017 opener, sidelining him the rest of the season.

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.

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.

Berry - who also won the Ed Block Courage Award in 2015 after returning from cancer and twice was selected as the Derrick Thomas Award victor as the Chiefs' MVP (2015, 2016) - is tied for second in franchise history with five interception return touchdowns.

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.

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