Mere days after reports that the Kansas City Chiefs wanted to trade one of their longest-tenured stars, it seems the team will take a different route. Matt Verderame of FanSided reported on Monday that the Chiefs would actually release outside linebacker Justin Houston rather than trade him, according to his sources.

In Verderame’s report, he noted that the move may not become official on Monday, but would happen in “the coming days.” As of Tuesday afternoon, the Chiefs still have not said anything regarding Houston’s status on the roster.

General manager Brett Veach confirmed at the Scouting Combine last week that there had been “dialogue” surrounding Houston, but would not elaborate further. Reports over the weekend suggested the Chiefs would try to trade the 30-year-old pass rusher, but if the team is truly releasing him, that may have fallen through.

The problem with Houston is not necessarily one of production, but of value. His salary cap hit of $21.1 million is the largest on the roster and he has not recorded double-digit sacks in a season since 2014. He is still productive, but Veach might feel the team can find similar production for less money as the Chiefs try to rebuild a poor 2018 defense.

Factoring in the dead money hit they would take by releasing him, the Chiefs will free up about $14 million in cap room with this move. They could use that to accommodate franchise tagged linebacker Dee Ford, who has also been the subject of trade talks.

On the other hand, the Chiefs could get rid of both Houston and Ford and pursue other interests. Kansas City is said to be working on a huge contract extension for wide receiver Tyreek Hill, which will require cap room. The team could also theoretically go after former New York Giants safety Landon Collins to improve the defense.

GettyImages-626193592 Outside linebacker Justin Houston #50 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after sacking quarterback Trevor Siemian #13 of the Denver Broncos for a safety in the second quarter of the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 27, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images