But while the move was not a surprise, releasing one of the franchise's all-time greats is yet another blunt indication the Chiefs aren't messing around.
The Chiefs cleaning house on the defensive side of the football continues. Hali's best statistical season was in 2010 when he recorded 14.5 sacks, one of three times in his career where he recorded double-digit sack totals.
The Chiefs only rolled over about $2.6 million in salary cap space from last season, so freeing up space to address their leaky defense - and perhaps help new quarterback Patrick Mahomes II with some offensive weapons - was of paramount importance for new general manager Brett Veach.
Parker was a free-agent signee by the Chiefs in the 2013 and spent five seasons with the club. Hali fits into a category with Johnson: He is an aging player who wasn't as effective as he once was. This also doesn't include the trade of Marcus Peters to the L.A. Rams.
"It's kind of today's world in the NFL", Chiefs coach Andy Reid said during the combine, when asked about their desire to get younger.
Hali (6-3, 275) originally entered the NFL as a first-round selection (20th overall) of the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2006 NFL Draft.
The Chiefs will have more than $20 million of available cap room when free agency begins, and while that isn't as much as many other teams, it will still allow them to make repairs to a defense that needs fixes on all levels.
The Chiefs were strapped for cash heading into the offseason, necessitating moves on several fronts.