Back in 2010, Eric Berry was the fifth overall pick by the Kansas City Chiefs, after an impressive career at Tennessee. After nine seasons, he will move on to a new NFL team.
Berry has been released, as the Chiefs go through significant changes on the defensive side of the ball. This is going to be a hard one for some fans to swallow.
He became a true role model, battling back from a 2014 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma diagnosis. The next season, he was a Pro Bowler, All-Pro, and the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year.
He has been an All-Pro three times, and a Pro Bowler five times during his career.
In 2017, the Chiefs signed him to a six-year deal, worth $78 million, with $40 million guaranteed. After just two seasons of that contract, he is off to free agency.
The Chiefs made the official Eric Berry announcement moments ago.
From the team’s release:
“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 had been at the center of some trade rumors, including those with the extremely active Cleveland Browns. Now, he’s hitting the open market.
In his nine years, Berry has racked up 440 tackles, 51 passes defensed, 14 interceptions with five returned for touchdowns, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.