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Kansas City Chiefs could decide on status of Eric Berry soon

Eric Berry, Chiefs

Could the Kansas City Chiefs cut ties with long-time safety Eric Berry? It’s up in the air, but James Palmer of NFL Network thinks that the Chiefs could make that decision soon.

When Berry is on the field, he is one of the best defensive players in the league, but that is the problem: he is rarely on the gridiron.

The 30-year-old played in just two games this past season due to a nagging heel injury, and in 2017, Berry tore his Achilles in the season opener and missed the entire campaign.

Berry is not going to need surgery to fix the heel issue, but he is due to make $12.4 million in base salary next season, and for a player who has been off of the field more than on it recently, that might prove too steep of a price for the Chiefs to pay.

The five-time Pro Bowler has been in the league for nine seasons, and in four of those years, he has played in six games or less, including another one-game campaign in 2011 due to a torn ACL.

Of course, Berry had a bout with cancer in 2014 that limited him to just six contests, but he fortunately beat the disease and returned as strong as ever in 2015, racking up 61 tackles, two interceptions, and 10 passes defended en route to a Pro Bowl appearance and a First-Team All-Pro selection.

The Fairburn, Ga. native has earned First-Team All-Pro honors three times, with his best season coming in 2013 when he registered 82 tackles, 3.5 sacks, three picks, two forced fumbles, a pair of fumble recoveries, 11 passes defended, and a couple of defensive touchdowns.