Chiefs release veteran safety Berry in defensive overhaul

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March 14, 2019 - 10:03 AM

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) is stopped by Kansas City Chiefs free safety Eric Berry (29) in the second quarter in the AFC divisional playoffs on Jan. 16, 2016, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs have released veteran safety Eric Berry in the latest bold move to completely overhaul their woeful defense.

Berry, a 30-year-old former Pro Bowler and nine-year NFL veteran, all with the Chiefs, played sparingly the last two seasons while trying to recover from various injuries.

The decision to release him is part of a massive restructuring under new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. The Chiefs this week signed free safety Tyrann Mathieu to a reported three-year, $42 million free-agent deal and released linebacker Justin Houston and traded linebacker Dee Ford to the San Francisco 49ers for a second-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft.

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