Chiefs void contract of veteran linebacker Hali

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Tamba Hali, one of the unsung heroes of the Chiefs' stingy defense in 2015, is headed for free agency.

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.

They will be charged $4 million against the salary cap by keeping Hali on the roster.

According to the Star, Hali said after last season he would require knee surgery.

We all know that the Kansas City Chiefs can't afford to spend big bucks on players, which is a huge reason why Smith will likely be departing next week.

But barring a re-signing, Hali becomes an unrestricted free agent when the league's calendar year begins on Wednesday, CBS Sports salary cap/contract expert Joel Corry, a former NFL agent, explained in a text message exchange. He had 48 tackles and 6.5 sacks last season and remains a solid pass-rusher. He has 86 sacks on his career with the Chiefs.

If the Chiefs don't re-sign Hali, 2014 first-round pick Dee Ford could see a larger role.