Tamba Hali‘s marvelous decade-plus run in Kansas City is over.
The Chiefs have released the veteran outside linebacker, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
It’s a move reporters close to the team expected all along, with Hali turning 35 in December and set to save the Chiefs nearly $7.7 million with his departure.
The veteran pass-rusher battled knee issues in 2017 and largely operated as a nonfactor, appearing in just six games and failing to tally a sack. Not his best season, but Hali — the team’s first-round pick in 2006 — leaves Kansas City ranked second in club history behind Derrick Thomas with 89.5 career takedowns.
It’s entirely possible Hali finds another opportunity at a reduced rate — pass-rushers are tough to pinpoint — but the Chiefs are finally moving on from one of their most celebrated stars of the 2000s.