Dec 1, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Arizona Cardinals tight end Jake Ballard (86) along the sidelines prior to playing the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Cardinals 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Free Agency: Arizona Cardinals re-sign Jake Ballard


After he was released by the New England Patriots last year, the Arizona Cardinals scoop up tight end Jake Ballard.

He had seven catches for 75 yards in eight games witht he Cardinals.

The Cardinals are bringing Ballard back for another year, reports Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ official website.

The Cardinals officially announced new contracts for defensive end Frostee Rucker (two years), kicker Jay Feely (one year) and tight end Jake Ballard (one year), as well as the expected release of veteran guard Daryn Colledge. Colledge will be designated a June 1 cut, which means when June 1 arrives, the Cardinals can move half of his $4.55 million of dead money from the 2014 cap to the 2015 cap.

Ballard went undrafted out of Ohio State in 2010 and went back and forth from the practice squad with the New York Giants before latching on with the team in 2011.

He was injured in the 2012 Super Bowl and wound up being claimed by the team the Giants defeated in that game, the Patriots. He missed the entire 2012 season before returning to the field in 2013.

When Ballard was last healthy, back in 2011, he had 604 yards and four touchdowns on 38 receptions.

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