Kansas City Chiefs release Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry

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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 Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs have released safety Eric Berry, who missed almost all of last season with a mysterious heel injury that cropped up early in training camp. Berry was once a pillar of the Kansas City defense alongside Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali, and Justin Houston.

The move is the latest in an offseason defensive overhaul for the Chiefs, who fired Bob Sutton within days of an AFC Championship Game. "He's a special person, and we wish him the best as his career moves forward".

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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". He played in 89 games from 2010 to 2018, wracking up 440 tackles, 14 interceptions and 51 passes defended. 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.

Following the 2015 season, Berry was honored with the AP's Comeback Player of the Year Award as well as being the recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award 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. The Chiefs would have owed Berry $7.25 million if he had been kept on the roster until Friday.

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