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Tamba Hali, Chiefs do a five-year deal

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Earlier this year, the Chiefs placed the franchise tag on linebacker Tamba Hali.  He hadn’t signed it.

He’ll now be signing a five-year contract with the team, per a league source.

Hali, a first-round pick in 2006, has started all but one game since entering the league.  He had 14.5 sacks in 2010, and he has 41.5 for his career.

UPDATE:  According to ESPN, it’s a five-year, $60 million contract, with $35 million guaranteed.  That’s a bigger guarantee with one less year than the Charles Johnson deal, and it’s more guaranteed money than Nnamdi Asomugha with an identical five-year total.

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38 Responses to “Tamba Hali, Chiefs do a five-year deal”
  1. dbellina says: Aug 3, 2011 11:29 PM

    Tamba Hali is the MAN!

  2. myspaceyourface says: Aug 3, 2011 11:30 PM

    Now that he got paid he probably has less then 8.

  3. egls7 says: Aug 3, 2011 11:30 PM

    Good. He deserves it after many solid seasons

  4. buttlicker says: Aug 3, 2011 11:33 PM

    best thing chiefs have done this offseason, this is big

  5. wyldsoul says: Aug 3, 2011 11:36 PM

    Great move by the Chiefs, this guy is a stud.

  6. kurrmudgeon says: Aug 3, 2011 11:39 PM

    Get payed boy.. 5yr 60 million 35 gaurantee’d

  7. kestagg says: Aug 3, 2011 11:40 PM

    wheres the report on T NEW getting hurt AGAIN!!! out 4-6 weeks and now BIG D is without a CB… maybe the DREAM TEAM would let the BOYS have SAMUEL?? probably not

  8. ravensfan4life52 says: Aug 3, 2011 11:40 PM

    the chiefs have had a good day.

  9. Joe S says: Aug 3, 2011 11:41 PM

    Guys a beast!

  10. kchoya says: Aug 3, 2011 11:48 PM

    Piloi quitely locking up a good foundation for the future in the KC. Hopefully with an improved offense putting up more points, and Gregg clogging up the middle, Hali will be even better this season.

  11. jacksaysfu says: Aug 3, 2011 11:49 PM

    Good guy to lock up. He’s staying in the AFC so I’m happy.

  12. rebbel31 says: Aug 3, 2011 11:49 PM

    Mr Pioli continues to impress 5yrs 60 mil, but well worth it. GO CHIEFS!!!

  13. duncanthecat says: Aug 3, 2011 11:52 PM

    Congrats to KC. Got to take care of your superstars unlike some other organizations…Raiders and Eagles.

  14. jacksaysfu says: Aug 3, 2011 11:55 PM

    Fly like a butterfly and sack like Hali .

  15. apooster says: Aug 3, 2011 11:56 PM

    5 year $60 million… 35 mil guaranteed. Not too shabby.

  16. kcfanatic says: Aug 3, 2011 11:57 PM

    Good job Pioli. Hali is a keeper.

  17. doe22us says: Aug 4, 2011 12:01 AM

    he is a beast

  18. normswifevera says: Aug 4, 2011 12:04 AM

    Easily one of the most underrated players in the NFL.

  19. oneaccord2000 says: Aug 4, 2011 12:05 AM

    This needed to be done thank you to the Chiefs for spending some money and getting the deal done!

  20. jca6610 says: Aug 4, 2011 12:09 AM

    I really like what the Chiefs are doing as far as acquisitions and signing their own core players. They’re going in the right direction. I guess Chiefs fans should thank Jared Allen not only for what he did as a Chief but for what he started for the organiztion when he moved on with the draft picks they acquired and the opportunity it gave guys like Hali.

  21. jredshoes says: Aug 4, 2011 12:10 AM

    Glad the paid Tamba. Now let’s pay someone to keep these numbnutz from posting Cowboys crap on a Chiefs story

  22. We'reFineThere says: Aug 4, 2011 12:31 AM

    Sorry about Larry. This man represents PSU to the fullest.

  23. kestagg says: Aug 4, 2011 12:34 AM

    who cares about the chiefs… the only relevant thing they did in recent years was get torn up by miles austin in his first nfl start

  24. chadinkc30 says: Aug 4, 2011 12:43 AM

    Tamba is by far the best player on this team so good for kc to lock him up! I don’t quite see where the comment that oak and Philly don’t sign their players though, as for Oakland they had many free agents with ton of talent and chose to sign the ones that fit long term, for the money they let Miller and asomugha go. The chiefs are still the cheapest team in the NFL though, and as of today have the most money to spend, that’s just a fact! It’s too bad for their loyal fans that the salary cap floor doesn’t take affect til 2013.

  25. chadinkc30 says: Aug 4, 2011 12:48 AM

    Pioli hasn’t done much as the gm except this and drafting Eric Berry which any joe shmo would of done as well. Looking at the schedule this year it’s looking like 5-11. Just my objective opinion though, as a football nut living in kc. Tyson Jackson is terrible btw

  26. J. Culledge says: Aug 4, 2011 12:48 AM

    Scott Pioli is nobody’s fool!! Great move. I bet he didn’t even have to run it by his father-in-law, Bill Parcells, either!

  27. zaavonb says: Aug 4, 2011 1:22 AM

    dunbthecat like the eagles first off we take care of our superstars and this the only yr where we spend like this in a long time since 1992 if desean want a damn contract he better come to camp or he will end up like to saw how that work cause no matter what we don’t need him jeremy maclin is our #1 receiver and we definitely can find somebody else to play the two but congratulations to tambi hali who deserve it and got the same contract we did for nnmadi and ppl say we overpay wow

  28. mrclearview says: Aug 4, 2011 1:32 AM

    I kept waiting to read this headline, and I’m glad that they are taking care of him….I totally agree with the above poster who mentioned that he is very underrated. GO CHIEFS!!

  29. romeisfallingagain says: Aug 4, 2011 2:20 AM

    Worth every last cent. The guy is a freaking one man wrecking crew. Every bit as good as DeMarcus Ware, minus the hype. Anyone who has seen him play can’t deny it. Guy was held more than any player I have ever seen last year. Otherwise, he might have gone over 20 sacks. That’s a fact.

    myspaceyourface: Hali has done nothing but work his butt off since the second he walked on to the field for this team. He out-sacked Jared Allen in his rookie season. He reinvented himself to not only fit into the 3-4, but become a dominant force in it. His work ethic is second to none. You think a GM like Pioli would pay him like this if there were any doubts?

  30. sonofsamiam says: Aug 4, 2011 7:00 AM

    Hali is solid to be sure, but this seems like mild overpayment to me. That’s a pile of guaranteed dollars.

  31. gooboy6 says: Aug 4, 2011 8:04 AM

    No overpayment here, truly a bad mf, non stop motor , unbelievable work ethic , best player on chiefs defense, I wish we had 11 Tambas on D, nice work Pioli

  32. blackchief29 says: Aug 4, 2011 9:08 AM

    Good for all parties. Tamba is a beast! He has a motor that won’t stop & work ethic few have.

  33. kchoya says: Aug 4, 2011 10:08 AM

    chadinkc30 says:

    Pioli hasn’t done much as the gm except this and drafting Eric Berry which any joe shmo would of done as well. Looking at the schedule this year it’s looking like 5-11. Just my objective opinion though, as a football nut living in kc. Tyson Jackson is terrible btw

    —–

    First off, learn the difference between objective and subjective.

    Second, not every GM would’ve taken a safety at the #5 position. Look at the draft history of the top 10 picks for the past 10 years.

    Third, Tyson Jackson hasn’t done much at all, but I bet he steps it up this year. It’s only his third season.

    Finally, Pioli hasn’t done much? How about two great draft classes in a row. How about getting a team from 4-12 to the playoffs in two years — all while staying well under the salary cap. How about bringing in coaches like Todd Haley, Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel. How about adding players like Matt Cassell, Thomas Jones, Steve Breaston, Kelly Gregg, Eric Berry, Dexter McCluster, and Tony Moeaki.

    Name 5 other GMs out there right now that better than Pioli. You can’t.

  34. chadinkc30 says: Aug 4, 2011 8:08 PM

    Im not a Chiefs fan so it is objective, unlike every KC fan who seem to forget that this organization has fooled every fan into thinking they are gonna win something every year, and you probably haven’t even noticed they haven’t won a meaningful game since Joe Montana won a playoff game in 1993. How much of the kool-aid are you gonna drink? Loyal fans Chiefs fans are, I will always give them respect for that, but expect more from your team already! I highly doubt you give the Royals the same naive support, do you? Unfortunately for the Royals they are dealt with no salary cap, and they are in such a big hole that it is impossible to dig out of. Your opinion is subjective, mine objective so maybe you should learn the meaning of the two words!

  35. chadinkc30 says: Aug 4, 2011 8:27 PM

    Eric Berry wasn’t a hard decision to make, he was the can’t miss prospect, that every person that knows anything had the Chiefs taking! How many starters does the Chiefs have off Piolis first draft, which was just 2 years ago, other than Jackson? Zero! That was a horrendous draft! You think Tyson Jackson is gonna step up this year? Wow I’ve seen many reasons to believe that. As for last years draft, McCluster was a bad pick, how can you say not! He is no longer even the slot receiver its so obvious. Next was Arenas, a part time nickel back that returns kicks. Wow once again!

    Now to the coaches, hahahaha Haley might be the dumbest of any coaches in the league, its 4th and 50, lets go for it! The best coach he hired Haley ran off in Weiss, and once he took over play calling duties what happened exactly? They got killed by the Raiders and Ravens, and Cassell looked miserable

  36. kchoya says: Aug 4, 2011 9:06 PM

    chadinkc30 says:

    Im not a Chiefs fan so it is objective, unlike every KC fan who seem to forget that this organization has fooled every fan into thinking they are gonna win something every year, and you probably haven’t even noticed they haven’t won a meaningful game since Joe Montana won a playoff game in 1993. How much of the kool-aid are you gonna drink? Loyal fans Chiefs fans are, I will always give them respect for that, but expect more from your team already! I highly doubt you give the Royals the same naive support, do you? Unfortunately for the Royals they are dealt with no salary cap, and they are in such a big hole that it is impossible to dig out of. Your opinion is subjective, mine objective so maybe you should learn the meaning of the two words!

    —–

    First off, maybe one day you’ll figure out the difference between objective and subjective, but you’re not there yet. I’m not a fan of the Texans, yet that still doesn’t make my opinion abut Arian Foster objective instead of subjective.

    Second, none of this has anything to do with Scott Pioli’s performance, which is what your post was about.

  37. kchoya says: Aug 4, 2011 9:12 PM

    chadinkc30 says:

    Eric Berry wasn’t a hard decision to make, he was the can’t miss prospect, that every person that knows anything had the Chiefs taking! How many starters does the Chiefs have off Piolis first draft, which was just 2 years ago, other than Jackson? Zero! That was a horrendous draft! You think Tyson Jackson is gonna step up this year? Wow I’ve seen many reasons to believe that. As for last years draft, McCluster was a bad pick, how can you say not! He is no longer even the slot receiver its so obvious. Next was Arenas, a part time nickel back that returns kicks. Wow once again!

    Now to the coaches, hahahaha Haley might be the dumbest of any coaches in the league, its 4th and 50, lets go for it! The best coach he hired Haley ran off in Weiss, and once he took over play calling duties what happened exactly? They got killed by the Raiders and Ravens, and Cassell looked miserable.

    —–

    Eric Berry wasn’t a hard decision? Again, I ask, how many safeties have been taken in the top 5 or top 10 in past 10-15 years. I bet you could count them on one hand. Hindsight is easy after the great season he had.

    Yes, the 2009 draft wasn’t a great one for the Chiefs. But again, it’s still too early. Jackson could be good. Washington could be good. Succop is already a good kicker. But you have to look the entire body of work, not just one year’s draft (and only two seasons later at that).

    How is McCluster a bad pick? The guy is electric and was injured half of last year but still made some big plays. He’s never going to be the full time slot receiver. Don’t downgrade him just because the Chiefs stole Breaston from the Cards.
    McCluster is on the roster to catch a couple of passes, make a couple of runs and make a few returns. He’s a home run threat every time he gets the ball. And criticizing Arenas? You’re really stretching there. Most teams would kill for the Chiefs 2010 draft class.

  38. chadinkc30 says: Aug 4, 2011 9:48 PM

    Ok this is the last time I’m gonna explain this to someone like they are a 5 year old…subjective means its a biased opinion. Objective is an unbiased assessment. Since you are a Chiefs fan and would lick Piolis butt if he asked you to, you are making a biased opinion! Man what school system in Missouri or Kansas did you grow up in?

    McCluster is 160 lbs playing in the NFL, and you wonder why he was injured for half the year? Thats why he is a bad pick for the top of the 2nd round, thats what I was saying.

    Good luck going 5-11 this year, check schedule, not the cupcake one it was last year! I’ll look for you on here next year still talking about how much of a genius Pioli is

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