Chiefs release popular safety Berry

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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