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Chiefs say Tamba Hali has been critical to defensive success

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The Kansas City Chiefs gave Tamba Hali a reported three-year, $22 million contract. The money is a bit of a surprise because it looked like the Chiefs thought last year would be his final year. But here's Tamba, ready for another go round.

The Chiefs have formally confirmed the contract signing and in a statement GM John Dorsey praised Tamba's contributions to the Chiefs.

"Tamba is one of the most passionate and competitive football players I've had the privilege to be around," Dorsey said. "His leadership and playing ability have been critical to our success defensively. He's a great teammate and a true professional. We are pleased he is staying in Kansas City."

As Matt Conner noted, this is not a charity case. Tamba had a real market out there and someone else would have paid him if the Chiefs didn't. He can still play if he and the Chiefs take care of his body the right way. We saw how the Chiefs pass rush fell apart late in the season when Hali and Justin Houston were hurt.

This also pretty much confirms that Tamba will finish his career as a Chief, the way it should be.