Chiefs release Safety Eric Berry

Kansas City Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – JANUARY 20: Eric Berry #29 of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts after a play in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)

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

The five-time Pro Bowl safety would have been guaranteed  $7.25 million of his salary if he was on the roster Friday.

Berry was a first-round pick of the Chiefs in the 2010 draft and was a legitimate star when he was healthy, though that became increasingly uncommon. He missed most of one season with a torn knee ligament and most of another with a torn Achilles’ tendon. He also missed part of a season while he was undergoing treatment for cancer, which not only further endeared him to the Kansas City fan base but also to the NFL community at large.

The Chiefs have already moved on from several high-priced veterans, cutting Justin Houston and trading fellow linebacker Dee Ford to San Francisco. They also have agreed to a three-year contract with former Texans safety Tyrann Mathieu.

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