Chiefs' players react to release of friend and defensive leader Eric Berry


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.

After adding the honey badger Tyrann Mathieu, the Chiefs had no more need of fan-favorite Eric Berry, who has been released.

The club released Berry with a post-June 1 designation, a source told Yahoo Sports, meaning the Chiefs will save approximately $9.5 million on the salary cap this year and $5.5 million on the cap in 2020.

Berry also missed 10 games during the 2014 season when he was diagnosed with cancer, but he became a motivation to many when he concluded treatment and was back on the field the following summer. He was the comeback player of the year in 2015 after recovering from Hodgkin's lymphoma.

"I'd like to thank Eric for his contributions to our team and the Kansas City community over the last nine years", coach Andy Reid said Wednesday in a statement from the Chiefs. "We wish him nothing but the best". "He's a special person, and we wish him the best as his career moves forward". Other times when he wasn't available to play he encouraged his teammates with his tutelage and passion for the game.

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The Atlanta native also amassed 77 tackles with a forced fumble a returned a two-point conversion interception for the game-winning points in a homecoming game against the Falcons. He's an Ed Block Courage Award recipient as well as an AP Comeback Player of the Year victor.

He was rewarded with a massive contract, but suffered a torn Achilles' tendon in the 2017 season opener and missed the rest of the season.

By releasing Berry, the Chiefs don't have to pay him an additional $7.25 million that would have become guaranteed by Friday.

Berry, the fifth-overall pick out of Tennessee in 2010, has been one of the league's best safeties when he's been healthy enough to play.