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Chiefs release erstwhile star Berry as free agency begins | AP sports

16 March 2019
Chiefs release erstwhile star Berry as free agency begins | AP sports

After announcing their decision to release the beloved veteran safety on Wednesday, the Chiefs released a video thanking Berry for his time wearing red and gold.

A three-time All-Pro, Berry was the Chiefs' first-round pick in the 2010 draft, and he quickly became a star, earning the first of five Pro Bowl invitations as a rookie.

Throughout his nine-year Chiefs career, Berry has had no shortage of legendary moments.

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

"Eric has been a tremendous leader for our football team and an inspiration to so many fans over the years", Hunt said, "and we sincerely appreciate all that he has meant to the Chiefs". "He will always be an important part of our Chiefs family, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future".

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. According to Yahoo's Terez A. Paylor, the Chiefs will save $15 million against the salary cap over the next two years by releasing him with a post-June 1 designation.

Berry has played in 89 games in his career.

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".

During his time with the Chiefs, Berry overcame Hodgkin's-Lymphoma to get back on the field.

He finishes his nine-year tenure in Kansas City with 440 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 14 interceptions (five returned for touchdowns), three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.