Chiefs release five-time Pro Bowl S Eric Berry

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"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 in a press release.

In what has to be described as a shocking bit of news around the National Football League, the Kansas City Chiefs have announced the release of five-time Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry.

The move comes following Kansas City's agreement with Tyrann Mathieu on a three-year, $42 million contract. Berry was a five time Pro Bowler.

Berry was a first-round pick of the Chiefs out of the University of Tennessee in the 2010 draft and was a legitimate star when he was healthy, though that became increasingly uncommon.

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However, he aggravated the injury and missed the team's regular-season finale before playing against the Patriots in the AFC championship.

Berry's release is the latest of several moves on defense for the Chiefs.

Berry's career with the Chiefs was marked by incredible peaks and valleys. He made the Pro Bowl in his rookie season. Sadly, his career was halted when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma back in December of 2014.

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.

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Berry was able to overcome cancer and was even named the 2015 Comeback Player of the Year.

Berry, 30, has played in just three regular season games over the past two years while dealing with fallout from a ruptured achilles he suffered in the 2017 season-opener.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Chiefs cut Berry before $7.25 million of his 2019 salary became fully guaranteed on Friday.

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