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Tamba Hali cut by Chiefs, ending great run in KC and saving cap space

After 12 years, Tamba Hali is no longer a Chiefs player. The Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, GM Brett Veach and head coach Andy Reid all released statements on Tamba.

The Tamba Hali era is over. The Kansas City Chiefs will cut the long-time linebacker which ends a 12-year run with the team. The news comes via ESPN’s Adam Schefter and the Chiefs have since confirmed it.

Most immediately this means the Chiefs save nearly $7.7 million against the cap and leave $1.7 in dead money. This move was expected given the way the last couple of seasons ended for Tamba in Kansas City -- the issue with playing just seven snaps in the Pittsburgh playoff game two seasons ago and last season recording just one tackle on the season.

This was the right move for the Chiefs and in time we will reflect back on the Tamba Hali era which was better than anyone could have asked for. Tamba ends his career with 89.5 career sacks, good for second in Chiefs history behind Derrick Thomas. DT was also the only Chief to record more forced fumbles in his career. That’s the level Tamba is on in Kansas City.

Tamba said last year he wanted to continue playing multiple more years in the NFL. He does have a music career that he’s begun working on so he does have interests outside of football. And he always had more going for him than just football. He is a fascinating person and his time in Kansas City has been appreciated.

Chiefs owner Clark Hunt statement

“Tamba has been a tremendous ambassador for our organization, both on and off the playing field. His incredible work ethic and passion for the game helped make him one of the most successful pass rushers in franchise history. Tamba will always be a part of the Chiefs family, and we sincerely appreciate his contributions to the Chiefs and the Kansas City community over the last 12 seasons.”

Chiefs GM Brett Veach statement

“I have a great deal of respect for Tamba and the amount of success he’s had as a member of this franchise. He’s one of the greatest Chiefs pass rushers of all-time and has made a lasting impact on Chiefs Kingdom. We wish him the best as he continues his career.”

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid

“I’m grateful I had the privilege of working with Tamba and getting to know him on a personal level. His love for the game is incredible, and he’s passed on that passion and his knowledge to a lot of our young players. I can see him being a coach one of these days. He’s built a tremendous legacy here in Kansas City, and we wish him the best as he moves forward.”


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