Tamba Speaks – He’s A Happy Guy

From St. Joseph, Missouri

Although he does not recoil from the idea of speaking to the media horde, neither has Tamba Hali been the type of player that blabbers away and seeks headlines.

But when you’ve recently signed one of the richest contracts in the history of the franchise, it’s time to chat for a few minutes. That’s what Hali did after Tuesday morning’s practice at Missouri Western State University.

“I wanted to be here, of course I wanted to be here,” Hali said of the 5-year, $60 million deal that he signed last week. “These are my teammates, this is my team.”

Hali was especially pleased that he did not have to play this season wearing the Chiefs’ franchise player designation, and receiving just north of $10 million. Every player that’s ever worn the franchise sticker wanted a long-term contract, one that would protect them financially should they suffer a major injury.

“Any player would want to be here longer than a year,” Hali said. “Our game is so risky because of the injuries; you want to take care of the business part and come in and just play football and not worry about being hurt and just having fun on the field.”

When GM Scot Pioli and head coach Todd Haley made it plain that they wanted Hali back and for the long term, the linebacker put pressure on his agents, headed by Brian Mackler, to get a deal done so he wouldn’t miss training camp.

“Those guys wanted me here and I wanted to be here,” Hali said. “I put pressure on (his agent) to get the deal done so I could be here.”

Other than suffering dehydration in his first practice, Hali has come to camp in great shape. A pair of banged up shoulders that bothered him at the end of last season are strong again. He spent the lockout working with his long-time trainer back in State College, Pennsylvania.

“I worked hard this off-season,” Hali said. “Our bodies are not machines, so we have to provide maintenance. I did what I needed to do to make sure my shoulders were strengthened.”

3 Responses to “Tamba Speaks – He’s A Happy Guy”

  • August 9, 2011  - Rick says:

    It’s nice to have Tamba locked up long term.

  • August 9, 2011  - txchief says:

    I’m happy the Chiefs got Hali signed long term. I would have considered a $10M guaranteed franchise tender as a pretty nice insurance policy for a major injury though.

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