Though the terms are unknown at this time, the Chiefs will be alleviating some cap space with this deal. Hali was set to enter the 2015 season with a near $12 million cap figure. Hali finished the 2014 season with 59 tackles and six sacks.
"It's not about the numbers for me," Hali said. "It's about whether the situation makes sense for them because I want to be there and play for the Chiefs. The general manager [John Dorsey] and coach [Andy] Reid, they know I want to be there. That's why I say it's a matter of how I fit into what the Chiefs want to do for the season.
"They're talking numbers so I'm optimistic I'll still be there."
The 31-year-old linebacker totaled 59 tackles including six sacks and three forced fumbles in 16 games. It was his lowest sack total since 2008. He will count approximately $12 million against Kansas City's salary cap next year if he remains with the club.
"At this stage of my career, it isn’t about money," Hali said. "The Kansas City Chiefs have taken care of me, financially. I have some good people in my corner that have positioned me to be able to live a lifestyle a lot of people won’t be able to live. So I’m not one of those guys who gets all bent out of shape over money. I love playing the game, I want to win a championship in Kansas City."
Hali totaled 59 tackles including six sacks and three forced fumbles in 16 games. It was his lowest sack total since 2008.
"If money is going to be a hindrance in doing that, we’ll find a way … we’ve got to get Justin (Houston) paid and get our guys, Dee Ford, ready to be playing at a higher level … but we’ve got to get Houston paid, I’m optimistic about that … that’s something we’ve got to get done."
“I’ve been here nine years ... I don’t know what’s going to happen next year,” Hali, 31, told the paper. “I’d love to be here. But again, I can’t really worry about it. I’m a football player and I love playing the game, so if they want me here, I’ll still be here (playing) at a high level.”
Hali played all 16 games this season and recorded six sacks, the second-lowest total of his career, to go with 59 tackles and three forced fumbles. He ranks third in Chiefs' history with 79.5 career sacks.
|2006||Kansas City Chiefs||16||61||44.0||17||8||1||-9||-9.0||-9||0||2|
|2007||Kansas City Chiefs||16||58||46.0||12||7.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2008||Kansas City Chiefs||15||54||43.0||11||3||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2009||Kansas City Chiefs||16||62||46.0||16||8.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2010||Kansas City Chiefs||16||51||36.0||15||14.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|2011||Kansas City Chiefs||16||66||48.0||18||12||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||Kansas City Chiefs||15||51||43.0||8||9||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2013||Kansas City Chiefs||15||46||39.0||7||11||1||10||10.0||10||1||1|
|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||16||59||47.0||12||6||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2006||Kansas City Chiefs||16||0||0||5||0||1||0||1||0|
|2007||Kansas City Chiefs||16||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2008||Kansas City Chiefs||15||0||0||3||0||1||0||1||0|
|2009||Kansas City Chiefs||16||0||0||4||0||0||0||0||0|
|2010||Kansas City Chiefs||16||0||0||4||0||2||2||2||0|
|2011||Kansas City Chiefs||16||0||0||4||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||Kansas City Chiefs||15||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||Kansas City Chiefs||15||0||0||4||0||2||11||2||1|
|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||16||0||0||3||0||1||0||1||0|
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