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. "He will always be an important part of our Chiefs family, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future".
The safety quickly became a star in Kansas City, garnering three First-Team All-Pro nods while racking up 14 interceptions with five defensive touchdowns over nine seasons with the Chiefs. Berry was a five time Pro Bowler.
Berry originally entered the NFL as the fifth-overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Chiefs. Then it picked up steam once Spagnuolo examined the personnel and decided that numerous pieces did not fit with his preferred 4-3 system. Berry was once a pillar of the Kansas City defense alongside Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali, and Justin Houston.
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Berry's career with the Chiefs was marked by incredible peaks and valleys. Sadly, his career was halted when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma back in December of 2014.
If Berry can return healthy to the field, he will be a nice addition for any team in need of strong leadership and dynamic play in the secondary.
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. He's played in a grand total of three games over the past two seasons.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, $7.25 million of Berry's contract would have become guaranteed, had he remained on the Chiefs' roster until this Friday.