So much for that plan.
The New England Patriots waived Isaiah Ford on Saturday, just over a month after acquiring the wide receiver via trade with the Miami Dolphins.
Head coach Bill Belichick said Monday the team hoped to "continue to work with" Ford by re-signing him to its practice squad after he cleared waivers.
According to ESPN's Field Yates, that's not going to happen -- because Ford is heading back to the Dolphins.
When Ford joins Miami's practice squad, it will mean the Patriots essentially gave the Dolphins a free seventh-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Ford tallied 18 receptions for 184 yards in seven games for Miami before his trade to New England on Nov. 3. He never caught on with the Patriots, though, and was inactive in Weeks 9 through 13.
Cam Newton's offense certainly could use receiving help -- the team ranks 30th in the NFL with 2,430 receiving yards -- but Ford was a swing and a miss for Belichick.