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Chiefs Place Franchise Tag on LB Tamba Hali
Posted By ChiefsWarpath.com On February 16, 2011 @ 3:38 pm In Latest News | Comments Disabled
[KC Chiefs.com] The Chiefs named outside linebacker Tamba Hali their franchise player today, effectively keeping him off the free-agent market.
Hali, the Chiefs’ first-round draft pick in 2006, led the AFC last season with 14 1/2 sacks.
Hali is a non-exclusive franchise player, meaning the Chiefs must offer him a one-year contract for an amount equal to the average salary of the five highest-paid outside linebackers in 2010.
Last year, that salary for a franchise outside linebacker was $9.68 million.
Once the players and owners agree to a new collective bargaining agreement, Hali would be free to negotiate a contract with other teams. The Chiefs would have the right to match any offer sheet Hali signs.
If they decline to match, the Chiefs would receive two first-round draft picks from Hali’s new team.
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