Chiefs veteran OLB Tamba Hali mentioned during an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio (via Alex Marvez) that he’s not worried about being in the final year of his contract, and is still hoping to finish out his career with in Kansas City.
- Hali said that the Chiefs have been giving his starting reps to last year’s first-round pick Dee Ford, per Marvez.
- Hali compared Ford’s athleticism to that of Broncos OLB Von Miller, so it sounds like he recognizes that the Chiefs’ defense could be even better with Ford taking on a larger role in 2015.
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 included a $5 million signing bonus and a 2015 base salary of $870,000.
In 2014, Hali appeared in all 16 games for the Chiefs and recorded 59 tackles, six sacks, three forced fumbles and a recovery. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 13 outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense out of 46 qualifying players.