It’s quite likely that before the season gets underway, the Kansas City Chiefs want very much to extend the contract of their star safety Tyrann Mathieu.

Making the deal would do two things. First, it would lock up one of the team’s unquestioned defensive leaders for at least a few more seasons. Second, it could clear significant cap space that might yet be useful this season — or could be rolled into 2022.

And while speaking to reporters during a Zoom conference call on Thursday, Mathieu gave the clearest indications yet that the extension is likely to happen.

“As for me, I feel like I can play football anywhere — but when you look at certain relationships with certain people, these people become a part of your life,” said the All-Pro safety. “Coach [Spagnuolo], Coach Merritt, Coach Reid, Coach Rubin (our strength coach) — all of these men have been important to me. So I can’t see me ever walking away from [those] relationship[s]. I’ve been through a lot in my life, so for me, I think holding on to certain relationships kind of outweighs any monetary thing [or] any short feeling or emotion I might be feeling in the moment.”

Asked for specifics about his relationships with his coaches, Mathieu was happy to provide them — saying that he has become a better person during his time with the Chiefs.