MOST DISAPPOINTING CHIEFS IN 2016 – NUMBER 7: TAMBA HALI
There were definitely skeptics out there when Tamba Hali signed a three-year deal last offseason. The contract guaranteed that Hali would be a Chief until he was 35 years old, which for his position, is pretty old.
Hali showed signs of aging big time this year. He only started two games (though he did appear in all 16) and rarely would be practicing due to not wanting to risk getting injured.
The Chiefs probably shouldn’t have re-signed [Hali] in the first place.
His sack numbers were cut in half this year with three and a half and his 24 tackles were the least he’s recorded throughout his entire career.
The biggest point to Hali being disappointing this season is that he played in a whopping seven snaps during the playoff game against Pittsburgh, according to Football Outsiders. Seven freaking snaps.
There’s no doubt that Hali is one of the best players to ever don a Chiefs uniform. He’s slowly showed signs of slowing down though and the Chiefs probably shouldn’t have re-signed him in the first place.
Hali has commented that he doesn’t plan to retire in 2017 either (according to Terez Paylor of The Kansas City Star), which means that the KC Chiefs might honestly end up cutting Tamba Hali before the regular season begins. That’d be really sad, but for a team wanting to contend in 2017, it might have to happen.