​Despite five Pro Bowl appearances and three All-Pro selections, the ​Kansas City Chiefs didn't see Eric Berry as a key cog for the long haul going forward.


The fan favorite safety has been released from the team after several injury-riddled seasons. The ​Chiefs already have his replacement lined up in ​Tyrann Mathieu, and the move has now been made official.

​​Berry has been one of the best safeties in the league when 100 percent, and one of the most influential, vocal leaders at his position since he was drafted fifth overall in the 2010 ​NFL Draft out of Tennessee. However, his health has prevented him from becoming an elite safety. 


After missing time as he dealt with leukemia, hip injuries later limited Berry to just three regular season games over the last two seasons. He looked ineffective in his return to the lineup this season in the playoffs.


Watching Chiefs games this season will look a little different without No. 29 roaming the secondary in Arrowhead.

​​If Berry can get himself back to health, he's going to make a lucky team out there very happy. There's still a lot of work to be done on that account, but football fans have learned in the past just how foolish it is to write the guy off.