Dec 8, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali (91) celebrates after sacking Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (not shown) during the second quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs may cut Tamba Hali after 2014 season


The Kansas City Chiefs turned their season around in a big way last year and the franchise’s future now looks mighty bright. But not everyone who helped turn it around will be there to see this potential Super Bowl plan through to the end as cap casualties will no doubt start hitting the Chiefs like they do other elite teams in the league.

Ben Volin from the Boston Globe highlighted some potential veterans that could be cut in the next year or so thanks to their big contracts and the cheap rookies drafted this month to compete with them. One player that sticks out is Chiefs defensive stud Tamba Hali.

Per the Boston Globe:

[The] eight-year pass rusher is probably safe this year, but he’s not long for the Chiefs, who just drafted Dee Ford in the first round. Hali’s contract runs out after 2015 and has a cap number of almost $12 million next year.

This seems a bit odd to consider but the Chiefs will no doubt face money problems down the line and Hali isn’t going to come cheap. If he hits the market, he’ll command a pretty hefty salary that the Chiefs won’t want to pay and his $12 million in 2015 is not an attractive figure.

Still, these things sometimes work themselves out, and while Dee Ford seems like a good option to eventually replace Hali, we can’t be sure just when his tenure will be over.

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  • Andy

    Don’t forget to add Bowe and Berry to this list.
    I would hope we could keep a couple of these guys and work out some favorable deals.

  • cyberry

    Berry was supposedly trade bait, then it’s reported that there Brandon Flowers was being fished around and know were are cutting Tamba because we drafted a OLB.. I guess Jamal Charles is gone because they drafted Thomas.. sound ridiculous. Yes.. Just like these writers who think they are smarter than GM’s and coaches. Before you cut a Pro-Bowl or consider releasing one of the leaders of this defense. There are some issues you might want to consider.. Dee Ford is small and played mostly DE so he has never covered another player why don’t you find out if he going be able to make the jump to the NFL , assuming he is dominating soon could be a big mistake it could take a little time.. PLus you might want to make sure that Justin Houston is resigned before predictions.. There is one other thing to to let float around.. The Chiefs don’t release players who are still contributing (Pro-Bowl counts..) Reid doesn’t either.. he takes care of his boys.. Do you really think Reid who made Dustin the highest paid punter, gave Bowe a giant contract, Then Sean Smith’s and Fasano’s big deals.. Then cut a Pro-Bowl player , who plays one of the most important positions on Suttons defense.. Which i hate to break it to you.. Clark Hunt just got this stadium full again and he loves the atmosphere .Tamba is one of the biggest Chiefs fan favs in years.. He not going to risk pissing off fans over his salary.. They screwed up Tony Gonzales “Chiefs legacy”.. Hunt was taught old-school from his dad.. Having star players play retire CHiefs is something to be proud of..