Negotiations go on for Hali, Chiefs

The Chiefs agreed to contract terms Tuesday with two of their draft picks. Neither is their top choice, defensive lineman Tamba Hali of Penn State.

Negotiations between the Chiefs and Hali’s agent, Brian Mackler, continue. So far, the sides have shown none of the acrimony that marked many of the Chiefs’ negotiations with recent first-round picks.

The Chiefs have big plans for Hali as a rookie and would like him signed by the time training camp begins July 28 at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

“I’m guardedly optimistic we’ll get something done by then,” president/general manager Carl Peterson said.

“We’ve done a number of contracts with Brian Mackler. He has a bit of history that he doesn’t mind going first or early. He doesn’t mind making a decision for his client.