Chiefs Release Eric Berry

Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Eric Berry in 2016. Photo by John Mersits/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (6899016as)

After nine seasons wearing the red, white, and yellow, Eric Berry’s time with the Kansas City Chiefs has come to a close. The Chiefs decided to release Berry this week after a memorable nine years in which he was one of the best defensive backs in the league.

Berry, who is now 30 years old, is now an unrestricted free agent and has the ability to sign with any NFL team of his choosing.

The safety was drafted by Kansas City in the 2010 NFL Draft with the fifth overall pick out of the University of Tennessee. Despite suffering several injuries and illnesses that often kept him from playing, Berry was one of the top defensive players in the league when on the field.

The Chiefs’ decision to release Berry is largely due to the fact that he only managed to play 3 games combined in the 2017 and 2018 seasons due to a torn achilles and bone spur issues in his heel.

One of the most memorable moments of Berry’s tenure in Kansas City was when we overcame a lymphoma diagnosis to return to the team in 2015. That season, he was named a first-team All Pro selection and a Pro Bowler.

Berry was named a first-team All Pro player three times, and he also made five pro bowls in his Chiefs career.

Now, Berry will look to restart his career and get healthy with another franchise.