Wideout Chad Ochocinco amassed just 15 catches with the New England Patriots in the 2011 season, causing fans to call for his head in the wake of Super Bowl XLVI.
But while hopes of trading or releasing the receiver remained high, the Pats instead reacted by asking him to restructure his contract.
Had the Pats been unable to trade No. 85, they would have owed him $3 million in 2012 (that's $200,000 a catch if he performed the same as last season). And had they released him, they would have taken a decent salary-cap hit.
But it's not unlike Bill Belichick to shed ineffective players even at a cost. He must have seen some potential in No. 85 or he wouldn't have kept him on board.
Regardless, Ochocinco's official contract restructuring abated speculation that the wideout would leave New England.
Of course, the new contract makes Ochocinco more desirable to teams looking to trade for him.
But for now the rumors have been silenced.