The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Wednesday that the club has released safety Eric Berry.
"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. "Eric has been a tremendous leader for our football team and an inspiration to so many fans over the years, and we sincerely appreciate all that he has meant to the Chiefs. He will always be an important part of our Chiefs family, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future."
"We continually evaluate every aspect of our football team and we came to the decision that it was in our best interest to release Eric," Chiefs General Manager Brett Veach said. "Knowing what Eric has meant to this organization and this city made this an incredibly difficult decision. We wish him nothing but the best."
"I'd like to thank Eric for his contributions to our team and the Kansas City community over the last nine years," Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid said. "Seeing his passion and watching his love for the game has been truly remarkable. He's a special person, and we wish him the best as his career moves forward."
Berry (6-0, 212) has played in 89 games (87 starts) in nine NFL seasons with the Chiefs (2010-18). His career numbers include 440 tackles (372 solo), 5.5 sacks, 14 interceptions (five return TDs), 51 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
He earned five trips to the Pro Bowl in his time with the Chiefs. Following the 2015 season, Berry was honored with the AP's Comeback Player of the Year Award as well as being the recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award after overcoming Hodgkin's lymphoma. He earned the team's Derrick Thomas Award in 2015 and 2016, given to the team's most valuable player, voted on by his teammates.
The Fairburn, Ga., native, originally entered the NFL as the fifth-overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Chiefs. He played collegiately at the University of Tennessee.