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Chiefs pleased with ‘selfless’ veterans who took pay cuts to stay in 2015

At a Wednesday news conference to introduce new wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (center), Chiefs general manager John Dorsey (left) took a moment Wednesday to praise a pair of veterans, outside linebacker Tamba Hali and defensive end Mike DeVito, for agreeing to restructured deals that will save the team $9.5 million on the cap this season. Head coach Andy Reid is on the right
At a Wednesday news conference to introduce new wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (center), Chiefs general manager John Dorsey (left) took a moment Wednesday to praise a pair of veterans, outside linebacker Tamba Hali and defensive end Mike DeVito, for agreeing to restructured deals that will save the team $9.5 million on the cap this season. Head coach Andy Reid is on the right The Kansas City Star

Chiefs general manager John Dorsey took a moment Wednesday to praise a pair of veterans, outside linebacker Tamba Hali and defensive end Mike DeVito, for agreeing to restructured deals that will save the team $9.5 million on the cap this season.

“My hat’s off to Michael, hat’s off to Tamba, here are guys that are totally selfless, totally committed to the team,” Dorsey said. “You guys know how I feel about those guys, and here’s another example of why I feel that way, because they are totally committed to the whole team.”

Dorsey said the decision to bring back Hali will only help the development of 2014 first-round pick Dee Ford, who played the same position as Hali and Houston and didn’t see much playing time on defense until the end of the season.

“I think he’s going to get his reps,” Dorsey said. “I think (defensive coordinator) Bob (Sutton) was starting to illustrate late in the season that he (could use Dee) in rushing situations using the three-backer package and get pressure on the quarterback. This is awesome. He’ll be fine.”

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