Revisiting Eric Berry's greatest moments with the Chiefs

Revisiting Eric Berry's greatest moments with the Chiefs

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.

The Kansas City Chiefs began free agency Wednesday by cutting one of their most popular players in strong safety Eric Berry, who was a dynamic presence when he was healthy but had missed significant time throughout his career.

"Seeing his passion and watching his love for the game has been truly remarkable", Reid said in a statement.

The Chiefs are expected to sign Tyrann Mathieu, a former Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans safety, to a three-year, $42 million deal. The 6-foot, 210-pounder, who was originally the fifth pick in the 2010 National Football League draft out of Tennessee, has been named All-Pro three times and to the Pro Bowl five times during his nine-year tenure with the team.

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The Chiefs sacked longtime coordinator Bob Sutton and replaced him with Steve Spagnuolo shortly after their defense wrapped up a miserable season with a complete letdown against the Patriots in the AFC championship game. Berry stockpiled 87 tackles, six quarterback hits and four interceptions on his way to a Pro Bowl rookie season.

He tore his Achilles' tendon in the 2017 opener, sidelining him the rest of the season.

Berry - who also won the Ed Block Courage Award in 2015 after returning from cancer and twice was selected as the Derrick Thomas Award victor as the Chiefs' MVP (2015, 2016) - is tied for second in franchise history with five interception return touchdowns. But he's been off the field for most of the last two seasons with injuries. The Chiefs would have owed Berry $7.25 million if he had been kept on the roster until Friday.

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