The Kansas City Chiefs have designated OLB Tamba Hali as their franchise player.
"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."
Hali is coming off of a huge season with 14½ sacks and has 23 over the past two seasons in the team's 3-4 defensive scheme, so the Chiefs have to do what they can to keep him around for the long-term.
The team did not specify whether Hali is an exclusive franchise player or a non-exclusive franchise player. But as a “non-exclusive” franchise player, Hali would be paid the average of the top-five salaries of last season at his position, or 120 percent of his previous year’s salary. As a non-exclusive franchise player, a player can negotiate with other teams. The originating team can match a new club's offer, or receive two first-round draft choices if they decide not to match.
The franchise number for his position is expected to be over $10 million. Once Hali signs his one-year franchise tender, the salary becomes guaranteed.