Kansas City Chiefs prepared to release Tamba Hali

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The Kansas City Chiefs reportedly will release veteran defensive end Tamba Hali, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The team has not yet confirmed.

Hali has played in 177 total games with the Chiefs dating back to his rookie season in 2006, when he was the team's first round pick. His release frees up close to $7.7 million in salary cap space. But it's a disappointment if those moves by the Chiefs turn out to be in vain. Peters was traded to the Rams for a variety of reasons, more having to do with his behavior both on and off the field and his future cost as opposed to his ability or current cost. Their defense was awful last season - it ruined what could have been a good thing for the Chiefs - and something had to be done.

Make no mistake: The Chiefs had aged considerably on defense the past couple of years, especially in the linebacker corps, where Johnson and Hali had been the foundation for years. He started just two of 16 games during the 2016 season, when knee pain caught up to him, and only appeared in five games last season after beginning the year on the PUP list. The five-time Pro-Bowler played limited snaps in only five games for the Chiefs in 2017. One day he will undoubtedly be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame as one of the franchise's best ever pass rushers.

Hali originally came to the United States after escaping from the war-torn African nation of Liberia when he was 10 years old.

"It's kind of today's world in the NFL", Chiefs coach Andy Reid said during the combine, when asked about their desire to get younger.

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