The Kansas City Chiefs officially announced the release of OLB Tamba Hali on Monday.
“Tamba has been a tremendous ambassador for our organization, both on and off the playing field,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “His incredible work ethic and passion for the game helped make him one of the most successful pass rushers in franchise history. Tamba will always be a part of the Chiefs family, and we sincerely appreciate his contributions to the Chiefs and the Kansas City community over the last 12 seasons.”
“I have a great deal of respect for Tamba and the amount of success he’s had as a member of this franchise,” General Manager Brett Veach said. “He’s one of the greatest Chiefs pass rushers of all-time and has made a lasting impact on Chiefs Kingdom. We wish him the best as he continues his career.”
“I’m grateful I had the privilege of working with Tamba and getting to know him on a personal level,” Head Coach Andy Reid said. “His love for the game is incredible, and he’s passed on that passion and his knowledge to a lot of our young players. I can see him being a coach one of these days. He’s built a tremendous legacy here in Kansas City, and we wish him the best as he moves forward.”
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Hali has been a popular release candidate mentioned over the past few months, so this shouldn’t come as a big surprise, especially considering the moves the Chiefs have already made up to this point.
Releasing Hali frees up $7.7 million of cap room for Kansas City.
Hali, 34, is a former first-round pick of the Chiefs back in 2006. He was entering the final year of his three-year, $22 million contract that includes $12 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $5.75 million for the 2018 season.
In 2017, Hali was limited appearing in five games and recorded just one tackle and no sacks for the Chiefs.