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Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Kansas City Chiefs could place Tamba Hali on the trading block at some point this season.
According to Robinson's Twitter account, citing a league source, the Chiefs will place Hali on the block if he doesn't take well to his new position.
Hali played defensive end at Penn State before the Chiefs made him their first round pick in 2006. Three years of declining sack numbers later, Todd Haley's new defensive system has moved the former Nittany Lion to linebacker. The transition hasn't been smooth according to a June 16th report from Kent Babb of the Kansas City Star.
Babb reported he looked "out of place" during OTAs though that's to be expected slightly considering he was only a couple months into the position change. Babb also noted that Hali looked the best out of the other defensive ends making the switch to linebacker.
Hali is due base salaries of $940,000 in 2009 and $1.46 million in 2010 according to NLFPA records.
While I don't disagree with the premise of the rumor, I question the veracity of it. The chances of Haley, GM Scott Pioli or any assistant coaches leaking anything of this nature unlikely. Unless they were trying to light a fire under his you-know-what.
Still, like most rumors, we'll have to take a wait and see approach.