Tyrann Mathieu and Earl Thomas were looking to get paid, and Kansas City seemed poised to pounce on the second-tier of safeties that included names like Adrian Amos, Lamarcus Joiner, and the newly released Johnathan Cyprien.
In Houston, Mathieu notched 89 tackles and two interceptions for former Chiefs DC/HC Romeo Crennel's defense. Kwon Alexander, a linebacker, agreed on a $54 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers.
As he'll still be just 26 years old when the 2019 regular season begins, the big reason that Mathieu was only on a one-year deal after entering free agency last offseason was due to his health issues throughout his time in Arizona.
The Dallas Kimball alumnus recorded 159 combined tackles, six interceptions, 16 pass breakups, and a fumble recovery. The Houston Texans wanted to keep Mathieu and have offered him around $10 million per year, but he's getting more from KC.
Kansas City ranked 31st in both total defense (405.5 yards per game) and passing defense (273.4) last season.
The Chiefs organization has yet to confirm the reports or announce the news officially.