The AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs will be well-represented at the Pro Bowl on Sunday in Hawaii.
Because of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ advancement to the Super Bowl, linebacker Tamba Hali and safety Eric Berry -- two players who were key parts of the Chiefs’ immense improvement on defense -- were added to the AFC roster.
Hali was one of the bigger Pro Bowl snubs in the league when the original team was announced in December. Hali finished the season with 14.5 sacks. This, conceivably, could be Hali’s final game wearing a Kansas City helmet. He is a prospective free agent. But I’d be shocked if the Chiefs didn’t give him a long-term deal or give him the franchise tag. Hali is a cornerstone player in Kansas City.
Berry’s trip to the Pro Bowl culminates a strong rookie season for the No. 5 overall pick. Last week, quarterback Matt Cassel was added to the Pro Bowl roster. Receiver Dwayne Bowe, running back Jamaal Charles and guard Brian Waters were originally voted onto the team in December.