Chad Ochocinco, Patriots Restructure Contract

The New England Patriots have focused their attention on wide receivers in free agency. They have recently brought in Brandon Lloyd and Donte Stallworth and re-signed Deion Branch for next season. Chad Ochocinco, in order to avoid being the odd man out this offseason, has restructured his contract to give himself a better shot of sticking with the team.

Ochocinco earned nearly $6 million last season to catch just 15 passes for 276 yards and a touchdown. He has reportedly agreed to lower his $3 million base salary to $1 million, eliminating any financial motives the Pats might have to release him.

On the surface at least, Ochocinco doesn't appear to be pushing back against the organization. The Patriots asked the veteran wideout to restructure his two-year deal back in February. His quotes this offseason have mostly centered on getting better acclimated with the playbook so he can make a bigger contribution next season.

For more on Chad Ochocinco and the New England Patriots, visit SB Nation's Pats Pulpit and SB Nation Boston.

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