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Tamba Hali | Linebacker

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/3/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 275
College: Penn State
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Tamba Hali is recovering from a knee scope.
Per Hali, the operation was to "clean out some loose cartilage." It's unclear when Hali went under the knife, but there doesn't appear to be any concern about his status for training camp. Going on 32, Hali is coming off his lowest sack total since 2008. He took a $3 million pay cut to keep his roster spot. May 26 - 2:27 PM

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Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali took a $3 million pay cut.

He essentially ripped up his old deal and signed a new one-year, $6 million pact with a $5 million signing bonus, $870,000 base salary, and $130,000 workout bonus. Hali will be a free agent in 2016. The Chiefs could have saved $9 million by releasing Hali outright. He'll stay in K.C. for one more year.
Mar 9 - 6:34 PM

The Chiefs have agreed to a restructured contract with OLB Tamba Hali.

Hali was owed a $6.75 million base salary and $2 million roster bonus. This appears to be a pay cut, clearing room for the Chiefs to fit in Jeremy Maclin and/or Rodney Hudson. Hali, 31, managed six sacks in 2014, the second fewest of his career. He figures to lose snaps to 2014 first-rounder Dee Ford this season.
Mar 8 - 9:59 PM

Tamba Hali says he'd be willing to take a pay cut to remain in Kansas City.

Cutting Hali would free up $9 million in space for the cap-strapped Chiefs. "At this stage of my career, it isn’t about money," Hali, 31, said. "The Kansas City Chiefs have taken care of me. ... So I’m not one of those guys who gets all bent out of shape over money. I love playing the game, I want to win a championship in Kansas City." It's about as straightforward of a pay-cut sentiment as you're ever going to see. Hali didn't attach any strings to his statement. The question is if the Chiefs can keep him at any price. Justin Houston needs to get paid, and Dee Ford was a 2014 first-rounder.
Jan 22 - 7:10 PM

The Chiefs could free up $9 million in cap space by releasing OLB Tamba Hali.

The Chiefs are strapped against the cap and Hali is slowing down a bit at age 31. They also want to re-sign stud free agent OLB Justin Houston and used the No. 23 overall pick on OLB Dee Ford last May. We'll know the Chiefs' decision on Hali soon as he's owed a $2M roster bonus in March.
Jan 5 - 9:09 AM

Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali is active for Week 15 against the Raiders.

Hali missed two practices this week, but he will be available on at least a limited basis against Oakland. Hali has five sacks opposite Justin Houston this season. The Chiefs declared QB Aaron Murray, WR Donnie Avery, CB Phillip Gaines, OL Eric Kush, OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, TE Richard Gordon and DE Allen Bailey inactive against the Raiders.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 11:33:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali reported to voluntary offseason workouts 20 pounds over his "optimal playing weight."

Hali tipped the scales at 284 pounds last week. The Chiefs list him at 275 on their official website but would obviously like him to play lighter. By selecting Auburn OLB Dee Ford with the No. 23 overall pick Thursday night, the Chiefs are sending a message Hali's way even though they desperately needed receiver and offensive-line help. The Chiefs can save $9 million by cutting Hali in 2015.
Thu, May 8, 2014 11:02:00 PM

Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali (knee) is active for Saturday's Wild Card game against the Colts.

Hali was cleared to return after making it through pre-game warmups without any setbacks. It's the first time in five weeks that the Chiefs will have both Hali and Justin Houston (elbow) healthy. Kansas City's inactives are QB Tyler Bray, OT Eric Fisher, LB Dezman Moses, TE Richard Gordon, DT Jerrell Powe, C Eric Kush, and OL Rokevious Watkins.
Sat, Jan 4, 2014 03:25:00 PM's Ian Rapoport reports the Chiefs are "optimistic" OLB Tamba Hali (knee, questionable) will play in Saturday's Wild Card game against the Colts.

Barring a setback, Hali is going to play against the Colts. He participated in Friday's walkthrough and didn't have any issues during Saturday's pre-game warmups. The Chiefs will also be getting Justin Houston (elbow, probable) back this week after missing the last five games.
Sat, Jan 4, 2014 02:11:00 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali (questionable, knee) "plans on playing" Saturday against Indianapolis.

Per Anderson, Hali participated in Friday's pre-practice walkthrough after failing to get in any work the previous two days. It's a positive step, but the odds appear against Hali being anywhere near full strength versus the Colts. The Chiefs are getting Justin Houston back from a five-week elbow injury.
Fri, Jan 3, 2014 01:51:00 PM

Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali (knee) has yet to resume practicing.

"It’s just a matter of the swelling coming down in the knee," were the words of coach Andy Reid after Hali didn't practice Thursday. "We’re being a little cautious with him there." Reid suggested Hali could suit up for Saturday's Wild Card game against the Colts without practicing. Hali would be a huge loss for a team reliant on generating a ferocious pass rush. His status will be updated in the next 48 hours.
Thu, Jan 2, 2014 02:44:00 PM

Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali (knee) has been ruled out for Week 17.

The Chiefs are eyeing the playoffs at this point with nothing to gain by trotting out a competitive team Sunday against San Diego. We expect Kansas City's Week 17 inactives list to be chock full of first-team players Sunday morning.
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 03:44:00 PM

Coach Andy Reid said OLB Tamba Hali (ankle) has a "good chance" to play in Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Hali won't practice Wednesday, but the sprain he sustained against the Chargers last week is obviously slight. It's huge news for the Chiefs if they're going to have any prayer of slowing down Peyton Manning Sunday. Fellow edge rusher Justin Houston was undergoing his elbow MRI Wednesday afternoon and is unlikely to suit up.
Wed, Nov 27, 2013 12:56:00 PM

An MRI revealed only a "slight" ankle sprain for Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali, though his Week 13 status is uncertain.

"I think he, doctors and coaches felt better after the MRI," coach Andy Reid said Monday. It's definitely a bullet dodged, as the early worry was that Hali had suffered a torn Achilles' tendon. We should get a better idea of Hali's status for Sunday's game against the Broncos when the Chiefs return to practice on Wednesday. For now, he's just a vague "day to day."
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 01:18:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter stated on SportsCenter Monday that it would be a "stretch" to think Tamba Hali (ankle) will play in Week 13.

Both Hali (right ankle) and fellow OLB Justin Houston (right elbow) are undergoing Monday MRIs. The initial diagnosis for Hali is a "mid-inside ankle sprain," and he is likely to miss next Sunday's home tilt with Denver. Hali and Houston have combined for 20 sacks this season. Losing both outside-edge rushers would be a major boost to Peyton Manning's Week 13 fantasy matchup.
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 09:58:00 AM

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