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Tamba Hali released by Kansas City Chiefs

13 March 2018

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. "We think we have some good young players and feel comfortable with them". "He's built a tremendous legacy here in Kansas City, and we wish him the best as he moves forward".

Hali has played in 177 total games with the Chiefs dating back to his rookie season in 2006, when he was the team's first round pick. Yet that will be the reality moving forward with the news that the Chiefs have made a decision to release Hali, per Adam Schefter. Hali had two career interceptions, returning one for a TD and also tallied one safety. He leaves the Chiefs with 89.5 career sacks and 33 forced fumbles. He is one of only 15 players in team history to play in over 175 games with the Chiefs.

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Hali dealt with knee issues last season and appeared in a career-low five games, recording one tackle.

The Chiefs released linebacker Derrick Johnson after 14 seasons earlier this offseason and agreed to trade cornerback Marcus Peters to the Los Angeles Rams at the end of February.

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Hali originally came to the United States after escaping from the war-torn African nation of Liberia when he was 10 years old.

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Tamba Hali released by Kansas City Chiefs