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Tamba Hali | Linebacker | #91

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (32) / 12/3/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 275
College: Penn State
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (20) / KC
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Free agent OLB Tamba Hali says he isn't considering retirement and wants to end his career with the Chiefs.
"Oh no, no, no," said Hali, who amassed 6.5 sacks and earned a Pro Bowl berth despite battling a knee injury all year. "My mindset is I want to be here, I want to play. ... I’m not contemplating not playing." Hali needs surgery on his right knee. The Chiefs may want to move forward with Dee Ford in a more prominent role opposite Justin Houston. Still, Hali could return as a rotational pass rusher, assuming he accepts a reasonable price. Hali turned 32 in December. Jan 19 - 12:30 AM

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CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora confirms OLB Tamba Hali (questionable, thumb/knee) is expected to play Saturday.

Hali saw just 15 snaps in the Wild Card Round. He only got in one practice this week, but will play through his thumb injury. The Chiefs could limit Hali to pass-rush situations. OLB Justin Houston (questionable, knee) is fully expected to play.
Jan 16 - 2:41 PM

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

Hali didn't practice all week, but will play through his thumb injury. Justin Houston (knee) and Dee Ford (concussion, wrist) are also active. Inactive for the Chiefs are QB Aaron Murray, CB Marcus Cooper, LB Dezman Moses, OL Jarrod Pughsley, OL Mitch Morse, DL David King, and DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches.
Jan 9 - 3:15 PM

Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali (thumb, knee) is listed as questionable for Saturday's Wild Card game against the Texans.

Hali hasn't practiced since breaking his thumb in Week 15. We're guessing he won't be ready for Saturday's Wild Card matchup. At least the Chiefs are getting Justin Houston (hyperextended knee) back this week.
Jan 8 - 3:37 PM

Chiefs declared OLB Tamba Hali, OLB Justin Houston, QB Aaron Murray, WR De'Anthony Thomas, S Husain Abdullah, DL David King, and DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches inactive for Week 16 against the Browns.

Hali and Houston are the Chiefs' sack leaders, but will sit with thumb and knee injuries, respectively. Dee Ford will key the Chiefs' pass rush on Sunday.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 11:41:00 AM

Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali (thumb) will be a game-time decision Sunday against the Browns.

He missed practice all week with a broken thumb. Justin Houston (knee) has already been ruled out, which means the Chiefs could be without their top-two pass rushers this week. That's good news for Johnny Manziel, though he still won't be a fantasy option. Frank Zombo would be a candidate to start at right outside linebacker if Hali can't get the green light.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 09:31:00 AM

Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali suffered a broken thumb in the Week 15 win over the Ravens.

He had three pins inserted into the thumb Tuesday. Hali's status for Week 16 against the Browns is up in the air, as the Chiefs are taking it day-to-day.
Wed, Dec 23, 2015 01:21:00 PM

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.
Tue, May 26, 2015 02:27:00 PM

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.
Mon, Mar 9, 2015 06:34:00 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.
Sun, Mar 8, 2015 09:59:00 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.
Thu, Jan 22, 2015 07:10:00 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.
Mon, Jan 5, 2015 09:09:00 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

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