Hali may be one of the last Chiefs to re-sign but I believe it’s his intention to return and finish what he started here 10 years ago. In an article by Nick Toney for Fox Sports called, “Five Players the Chiefs Need to Move On From,” Toney lists Hali as one of those players saying,
"“Hali needs surgery on a swollen knee before K.C. even entertains his return. That day might never come; the fan favorite will be 33 this year and saw his snap counts diminish toward the end of the season.”"
If you’ve followed Tamba Hali’s offseason career you may know his training regimen has been as fun to watch as seeing him sack a QB (or close). If he decides to come back and… take care of business… you should not bet against him. If he does return he will likely serve as a DH for Dee Ford and Justin Houston. Having a “man” like Tamba Hali to come in off the bench will be a luxury that John Dorsey should be able to secure with a near minimum offer.
For a player, no matter how old, who has just come off of a Pro Bowl year, it’s hard to imagine him calling it quits when his team is on the precipice of something great.
When John Dorsey, Clark Hunt and Andy Reid all when down to Georgia to visit Eric Berry following last season, the writing was on the wall: E.B. will be a KC Chief for life. There will be big money involved but Berry should be devout in his return to the Arrowhead turf in 2016.
Berry could end up being the highest paid Safety in the NFL when all is said and done… and for good reason. There’s not a suitable replacement — in the draft or in free agency (except for Florida State’s DB Jalen Ramsey but he’ll be gone in the top 5) — for a player like Berry on the field and more importantly, his personal presence or significance to the team could never be replaced off the field. Having excellent cornerbacks is more important in Bob Sutton’s defensive scheme but Eric Berry transcends those conventions.
The percentages are high that Berry will return to the team that he calls family and hopefully tying him up won’t break the bank so that John Dorsey can bring in some other players to help out.
For a man who spent the better part of last year not knowing what his physical fate would be, you can bet that for him, July can’t come soon enough.
Derrick Johnson was being interviewed last week and he stated clearly, “I’m a Chief. I’m a Chiefs at heart… the off-season is here and we’ll figure all that out.”
Derrick Johnson should return on a team friendly deal to finish what he started.
Last summer, as Derrick Johnson was coming off of his Achilles tendon injury, he said, “I’m itching to get back.” That’s pretty much the sentiment of the whole team. You can bet the whole team is “itching to get back.” That should make for a very interesting training camp.
Justin Houston signed a huge deal last year but he was injured when the playoffs came around and he will be licking his chops to catapult this team even further than they went this year. I expect him to come back stronger than he’s ever been. Knowing Eric Berry like he does… is pretty much a guarantee of that statement.
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