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Report: Chiefs still owe former coach Todd Haley rest of his salary

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer
Haley still wants to be paid his money. (US Presswire)

When Ben Roethlisberger looked at his Steelers offensive coordinator, Todd Haley, this week, he could see the desire in how much Haley wants to beat his old team, the Chiefs.

"Without him saying it, you can see it … anytime you've got a guy on your team who used to play for another team, there's always a little incentive that you want to win for that guy,” the Steelers quarterback said.

"Throughout meetings and stuff," Roethlisberger said, "you can kind of see it a little bit. I don't think he's admitted it yet."

One reason that Haley might want to dominate his old team on Monday night is because, according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, the Kansas City organization still owes him money. Glazer said on "Fox Sports Sunday" that the issue is in arbitration.

In January, it was reported that the Chiefs -- who fired Haley when the team fell to 5-8 last season -- were refusing to pay him the rest of his contract, which ran through the end of 2012, because they had fired him for cause. Before he was fired, the Kansas City Star reported on Haley's paranoia that his office had been bugged and that somebody had tampered with his cell phone.

If Kansas City is saying it fired Haley for cause, the reason would have to be something other than fielding a subpar team. Here's what owner Clark Hunt said after the Chiefs relieved Haley of his duties.

"This was a difficult decision but one that we feel is best for the future of the Chiefs," Hunt said. "Although there have been bright spots at different points this season, we have not made meaningful progress and we felt that it was necessary to make a change. We appreciate Todd's contributions during his time with the club, and we wish him well in the future."

The Raiders, you'll recall, pulled the same move with Lane Kiffin after they fired him in 2008. The Raiders said Kiffin had made disparaging comments about the organization, and ultimately, an arbiter sided with Oakland.

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