Chiefs' Tamba Hali agrees to restructure his contract

The Kansas City Chiefs will ride into next season with their formidable pass-rushing duo fully intact.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Tamba Hali has agreed to restructure his contract in order to stay with the organization that drafted him in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft, per a source informed of Kansas City's plans.

Heading into the final year of his deal, what Hali likely has agreed to is some form of a pay cut.

Slated to count $12 million against the cap this season, Hali was whispered about for weeks as a potential candidate for release, especially after the Chiefs slapped the franchise tag -- worth roughly $13.1 million -- on fellow outside linebacker Justin Houston.

With Kansas City reportedly in pursuit of free-agent wideoutJeremy Maclin, the Chiefs were on the hook to trim costs. Had Hali not agreed to a restructuring, the team was prepared to move with a larger role for last year's first-round selection, Dee Ford.

Instead, defensive coordinator Bob Sutten will oversee a full complement of quarterback chasers. Houston is coming of an outrageous 22-sack campaign while Hali, a four-time Pro Bowler, will look to rebound from a down season in 2014.

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