On Thursday, Cleveland acted to make sure that good thing doesn't get away.
The team has announced that Barnidge -- a veteran tight end in the midst of a career season -- has signed a contract extension. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported it is a three-year extension worth north of $12 million, according to a source informed of the deal. Barnidge had been scheduled to become a free agent after the season.
"It's a tremendous honor that Cleveland has the faith in me," Barnidge said, via the team site. "I want to be here whenever we turn this thing around. I know we haven't had the season we wanted this year but I'm looking forward to the future and getting everything turned around."
Signing a 30-year-old journeyman tight end to multiyear extension won't solve all Cleveland's problems, but letting Barnidge out the door would have been damaging from a talent and perception standpoint.