The idea had been floated that the Chiefs could move Hali after they got off to a poor start, especially considering that they’ve locked up Justin Houston to a massive contract extension and used a first-round pick on Dee Ford in recent years.
However, it sounds like the Chiefs will keep him and see if they can get back in the mix for a playoff spot.
Hali, 31, took a $3 million pay cut to be back with the Chiefs this season. At the time, was entering the final year of his five-year, $57.5 million contract that included $35 million guaranteed and would have made a base salary of $6.75 million.
However, Hali basically accepted a one-year, $6 million contract that includes a $5 million signing bonus and a base salary of $870,000 for the 2015 season.
Coming into today’s game, Hali had seven games and recorded 20 tackles, three sacks, and a forced fumble. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 10 outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense out of 47 qualifying players.