Romeo Crennel was in Houston on Wednesday and interviewed with the Texans. Crennel met with the Texans until at least late into the afternoon.
It had been reported that the 66-year-old Crennel was a top choice of new head coach Bill O'Brien to become the Texans' next defensive coordinator.
Crennel and O'Brien have never worked together but they both have ties to the Patriots. They both worked there, just not at the same time.
The Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Fox26's Mark Berman were the first to report the interview between the Texans and Crennel.
According to NFL reporter Adam Caplan, Crennel is set to make $3.5 million in his last year from his contract with the Chiefs this season. The tricky part: there is offset language in his contract, which means he'd lose that money if he coaches for the Texans this season. Basically, he'd get paid whether he coaches or not this year.
Crennel has, in the past, coached a more traditional two-gap 3-4 defense. Meanwhile, the Texans have officially retained just one coach from 2013: defensive line coach Bill Kollar, who most recently coached in Wade Phillips' one-gap 3-4.