Chiefs reportedly release Pro Bowl LB Tamba Hali

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press the Kansas City Chiefs voided the contract of veteran linebacker Tamba Hali, who took a pay cut with a reworked deal to remain with the team last season.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday because the Chiefs aren't allowed to discuss contract matters.

Hali had four voidable years added to his one-year contract so that the team could spread out his signing bonus, thereby creating additional salary cap space last offseason. But the contract also stipulated the Chiefs had until Friday to sign Hali to an extension, otherwise he would become a free agent.

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Despite dealing with a bothersome knee much of last season, Hali had 6 1/2 sacks and was voted to his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl. The 10-year veteran will turn 33 in November.

The Kansas City Star first reported that Hali's contract was voided.