Chiefs part ways with LB Tamba Hali

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Tamba Hali's run in Kansas City is over.

While it was an expected move by National Football League analysts and fans alike, it's still a bit hard to stomach the idea of the Kansas City Chiefs defense without Tamba Hali being a part of it. His release frees up close to $7.7 million in salary cap space.

The Kansas City Chiefs are expected to release longtime defensive end Tamba Hali, ESPN reported Monday.

Parker, who started at safety and is the middle of a five-year, $25 million deal signed in 2015, being cut creates another opening in the Kansas City defense. The Chiefs will also save a bit of money when their trade of cornerback Marcus Peters to the Rams for two more draft picks becomes official.

Hali has spent his entire 12-year career in Kansas City, piling up 89 1/2 sacks and at one point going to five consecutive Pro Bowls.

An injury slowed Hali's 2017 season, and his productivity has declined in recent years.

Hali indicated he was strongly considering retirement last December. One day he will undoubtedly be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame as one of the franchise's best ever pass rushers. "I look forward to this new journey and chapter", Parker posted on Twitter.

Parker's age combined with his cost for next season ultimately forced his release. "We think we have some good young players and feel comfortable with them".