Chiefs release Eric Berry, continue team's defensive makeover

Revisiting Eric Berry's greatest moments with the Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs have released safety Eric Berry, who missed almost all of last season with a mysterious heel injury that cropped up early in training camp. 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.

They also have agreed to a three-year contract with former Texans safety Tyrann Mathieu.

Berry, 30, spent nine seasons in Kansas City after being drafted by the Chiefs with the fifth-overall pick in the 2010 draft.

The Chiefs have already moved on from several high-priced veterans, cutting Justin Houston and trading fellow linebacker Dee Ford to San Francisco. As a rookie he made the Pro Bowl for the first of what would be five times.

He tore his Achilles' tendon in the 2017 opener, sidelining him the rest of the season. It was the first of four seasons in which he missed nearly an entire campaign.

"On behalf of my family and the entire Chiefs organization, I want to thank Eric for his many contributions to the Chiefs over the last nine seasons", Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said.

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.

Unfortunately, Berry has been plagued by injuries in recent years.

In his nine-year National Football League career, Berry has played in 89 games (87 starts). He has 440 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 51 passes defended, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

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