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Chiefs free agency rumors: Brian Hartline an option, Tamba Hali talking contract, Tyvon Branch visiting

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If you missed all the Kansas City Chiefs free agency action on Friday, we've got a recap of what went down. If you're looking for Saturday's Chiefs free agency rumors, click here.

Agent: Brian Hartline an option for the Chiefs

This according to agent Drew Rosenhaus, who says the Chiefs are among the teams interested in Hartline. I'm not sure if he's visited the Chiefs yet but he has visited other teams such as the Bears and Texans. The best line about Hartline came from Rotoworld who said he's a perfect match with the Chiefs as he doesn't catch many touchdowns.

Tamba Hali, Chiefs are talking restructured contract

This according to ESPN's Adam Teicher, who spoke with Tamba. We knew that Tamba wanted to come back but we didn't know how the Chiefs felt. That they're talking about numbers that will make this thing work shows quite a bit of optimism that he will return. I'm not calling it a done deal yet but it sure does feel more likely to happen today than it did yesterday.

Chiefs cut DL Vance Walker

He was the Chiefs "big" free agent signing in 2014 with a 3-year, $13 million deal. Obviously that didn't work out. I never really understood why Walker didn't play more. He had an opportunity when Mike DeVito went down but it was Jaye Howard who took that job. Sometimes these things work; sometimes they don't.

Chiefs re-sign LB Josh Mauga to 3-year deal

This is a bit of a head scratcher to me. Mauga was a backup last year whose play seemed to fall off late in the season. Pro Football Focus was not kind in some of his grades. The details in the contract matter here but that's a big enough contract that the Chiefs could envision him starting next to Derrick Johnson in 2015. The Chiefs cut another inside linebacker in Joe Mays earlier this week so maybe that's where Mauga comes in.

Former Raiders S Tyvon Branch scheduled to visit Chiefs

He's a box safety who can stop the run, which the Chiefs need after a miserable year trying to stop the run. If the Chiefs are bringing Branch in for a visit, I wonder what that means for Ron Parker, who is scheduled to be a free agent on March 10. Parker was reportedly looking for up to $6 million per year in free agency, which is likely too rich for the Chiefs blood. If that number comes down I would like Parker back. Branch has a high ceiling but he's also played just five games in the last two seasons due to injury. Give me the guy who stays on the field.

Chiefs tendered ERFA WR Junior Hemingway

That would be exclusive rights free agent Junior Hemingway. The Star's Terez Paylor reported he has been tendered, which is what we expected. ERFAs have less than two accrued seasons and placing the tender on them is usually a no brainer because it costs nothing (right now) and the Chiefs keep their rights. So, no, this doesn't mean Hemingway is going to make the team next year.

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