As expected, the Kansas City Chiefs have placed the franchise tag on star OLB Tamba Hali.
The two sides have been reportedly working on a long term deal, however with the uncertainty of the labor situation and confusion as to when there might actually be a free agency period, it was wise for the Chiefs to protect Hali.
This is also proof that the Chiefs aren’t playing it cheap when it comes to Hali. Giving him the franchise tag means that if the two sides are unable to reach a long term deal before the start of the 2011 season, the Chiefs will have to pay Hali an average of the top 5 salaries at his position for one year.
Since Hali is likely to receive a very lucrative deal, it is no surprise that negotiations are taking time. This move is just a way for the Chiefs to ensure they don’t lose Hali.
The team confirmed the move with a brief press release posted on KCChiefs.com. the release says that both sides are working toward a long term deal and has a quote from GM Scott Pioli:
"“Tamba is a key contributor to our football team, and we have a tremendous amount of respect for him both personally and professionally,” General Manager Scott Pioli said. “We want Tamba to remain a member of the Chiefs, and we will continue to work together with the hope of reaching a long-term agreement.”"
There is no word on whether or not the tag is exclusive or non-exclusive. A non-exclusive tag would mean other teams could make offers to Hali that KC could match. Regardless, KC controls Hali’s rights for 2011.
What do you think Addicts? Are you glad the Chiefs are working to keep Hali?