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Suspension voids large guarantee for Hali in 2013

Tamba Hali

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali (91) walks between fields at the teams training facility in Kansas City, Mo., Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. The NFL has suspended Hali for the Chiefs season-opener against Atlanta for violating its policy on substance abuse. The league announced the suspension Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, without disclosing details. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)


Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali’s one-game suspension and one-game fine is guaranteed to cost him $1.32 million of his $11.25 million base salary for 2012. He’ll also lose a significant chunk of guaranteed money for 2013.

A league source tells PFT that the suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy voids $7.75 million in guaranteed payments for 2013, under the terms of a contact signed in 2011. Hali is still due to earn $12.25 million, and he’ll get all of the money he’s due to receive as long as the Chiefs don’t cut him.

If the Chiefs would cut Hali, he’d become a free agent, and he’d be able to sign elsewhere.