Chiefs release veteran safety Eric Berry

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That doesn't mean they can't still improve at safety and another big name just became available as the Kansas City Chiefs released Eric Berry on Wednesday.

One of the the Chiefs' inspirational leaders is no longer a member of the team. "Knowing what Eric has meant to this organization and this city made this an incredibly hard decision".

Berry, 30, spent nine seasons in Kansas City after being drafted by the Chiefs with the fifth-overall pick in the 2010 draft. He returned a season later after undergoing chemotherapy and being ruled cancer free, earning his fourth of five Pro Bowl appearances with the team.

"We sincerely appreciate all that he has meant to the Chiefs, Hunt said. We wish him nothing but the best". Then it picked up steam once Spagnuolo examined the personnel and decided that numerous pieces did not fit with his preferred 4-3 system.

Berry isn't the first big-name defensive veteran jettisoned already this offseason.

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Mathieu effectively replaces Berry, whose contract still will count $6.95 million against the salary cap this year and $8 million next year as a designated post-June 1 cut.

Berry has played in 89 games in his career.

"Seeing his passion and watching his love for the game has been truly remarkable", Reid said in a statement. Sadly, his career was halted when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma back in December of 2014.

Berry sustained a torn Achilles tendon in 2017 after one game.

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. He's an Ed Block Courage Award recipient as well as an AP Comeback Player of the Year victor.

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