The Kansas City Chiefs have released veteran safety Eric Berry, the team announced on Wednesday. Given all things considered, Berry likely wouldn't command much from a financial standpoint, and if he stays healthy, he could provide a boost to a Cowboys defense that was fairly strong last season.
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.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Chiefs cut Berry before $7.25 million of his 2019 salary became fully guaranteed on Friday.
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 will always be an important part of our Chiefs family, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future". Berry played a single game in 2017 before tearing his Achilles tendon, forcing him to miss the rest of the season. Chiefs coach Andy Reid described Berry as "a special person" and said that "seeing his passion and watching his love for the game has been truly remarkable".
The Chiefs are expected to move away from Sutton's 3-4 scheme in favor of a new 4-3 base system under new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.
Berry has 14 interceptions in his career, returning five for touchdowns.
Earlier this week, the Chiefs parted ways with edge defender Justin Houston, who made four Pro Bowls during his eight seasons with the club.
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.