Berry was once a pillar of the Kansas City defense alongside Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali, and Justin Houston.
Chiefs brass paid tribute to Berry in a series of statements accompanying the announcement of his release. Berry stockpiled 87 tackles, six quarterback hits and four interceptions on his way to a Pro Bowl rookie season. He suffered a torn ACL in the team's opener and missed the entire year. Multiple outlets are reporting the five-time Pro Bowler is being designated as a post-June 1 cut, which would save the Chiefs around $9.5 million in salary cap space this year and $5.5 million next year.
An inspirational player on and off the field, Berry's career has been defined by brilliant play and overcoming personal anguish to dominate for the Chiefs.
"Seeing his passion and watching his love for the game has been truly remarkable", Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid said. "He will always be an important part of our Chiefs family, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future".
The greatest moment of Eric Berry's storied tenure as a Chief happened prior to kickoff in a playoff game the Chiefs ultimately lost.
While finances were a major consideration in the Chiefs' recent moves, including the trade of top pass rusher Dee Ford to San Francisco, so has the way the roster had been constructed.
The move comes following Kansas City's agreement with Tyrann Mathieu on a three-year, $42 million contract.