Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Chiefs to part ways with LB Tamba Hali

Chiefs to part ways with LB Tamba Hali

The Chiefs have already released several key defensive players this offseason, including longtime veterans like Derrick Johnson, the team's all-time leading tackler, and Ron Parker, who has been a valuable and versatile contributor in the secondary for a half-decade.

ESPN reported news of Hali's release first.

The team has not yet confirmed.

Hali, one of the Chiefs' longest-tenured players, is second all-time in franchise history in sacks with 89 1/2, behind only Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas.

In 177 regular-season games, Hali recorded 453 tackles, 89.5 sacks and 10 interceptions.

The Chiefs only rolled over about $2.6 million in salary cap space from last season, so freeing up space to address their leaky defense - and perhaps help new quarterback Patrick Mahomes II with some offensive weapons - was of paramount importance for new general manager Brett Veach. Peters was traded to the Rams for a variety of reasons, more having to do with his behavior both on and off the field and his future cost as opposed to his ability or current cost. But it's a disappointment if those moves by the Chiefs turn out to be in vain. The Penn State alum earned five consecutive Pro Bowl selections from 2011-15.

Hali dealt with knee issues last season and appeared in a career-low five games, recording one tackle. The 30-year-old has been a starter the past four years.

"It's kind of today's world in the NFL", Chiefs coach Andy Reid said during the combine, when asked about their desire to get younger.

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