Chiefs give Tamba Hali franchise tag

Updated: February 16, 2011, 5:05 PM ET
Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs put the franchise tag on linebacker Tamba Hali, who went to the Pro Bowl this past season as the AFC's leading sacker.

In an announcement Wednesday on the team's website, the Chiefs said they are still hopeful of reaching a long-term agreement with the outside linebacker, their first-round pick of 2006.

As a non-exclusive franchise player, Hali is guaranteed a one-year contract equal to the average paid last year to the five highest-paid ...

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