Jake Ballard TE ARI 4 Months

Cardinals re-sign TE Jake Ballard to one-year contract.

The Cardinals failed to tender Ballard earlier this offseason. Ballard caught seven passes for 75 yards and two scores after signing with the Cardinals in November.

Jake Ballard TE ARI 4 Months

The Cardinals failed to tender offers to restricted free agents TE Jake Ballard, RB Alfonso Smith, OLB Marcus Benard, and DE Ronald Talley, making them unrestricted free agents.

Ballard signed with the Cardinals in November and caught seven passes for 75 yards and two scores. Benard registered 2.5 sacks in limited snaps. He's always flashed some pass rush potential. Talley and Smith are special teamers.

Jake Ballard TE ARI 6 Months

The Arizona Republic expects the Cardinals to tender an offer to restricted free-agent TE Jake Ballard this offseason.

Ballard missed the first half of the season while recovering from knee surgery and was signed by the Cardinals in Week 9. He appeared in eight games (three starts), finishing with seven catches for 75 yards and two touchdowns. With Jim Dray an impending free agent, Ballard will likely be brought back as a blocking tight end behind Rob Housler.

Jake Ballard TE ARI 7 Months

Cardinals TE Jake Ballard caught three balls for 13 yards and a touchdown in Arizona's Week 15 win over Tennessee.

The Cardinals have used Ballard as a blocking tight end because he's big enough to take on defensive ends and outside linebackers. He secured a six-yard touchdown in the second half from Carson Palmer, giving Arizona a 20-17 lead. It was Ballard's first TD since his final season with the Giants two years back. Ballard played a bigger role in the passing game this particular week because Rob Housler (groin) was inactive. Ballard won't be a fantasy option at Seattle in fantasy title week.

Jake Ballard TE ARI 8 Months

Cardinals agreed to terms with TE Jake Ballard on a one-year contract.

The Cards likely hope Ballard will upgrade on Jim Dray as a blocker.

Jake Ballard TE ARI 9 Months

Free agent TE Jake Ballard will work out for the Chiefs on Tuesday.

Ballard reportedly wants to sign with a team this week. He'll begin to work out for teams this week after he denied requests earlier this season in order to get his surgically-repaired knee back to 100 percent.

Jake Ballard TE ARI 9 Months

Free agent TE Jake Ballard wants to sign with a team this week.

Ballard has had some chances for workouts over the last month, but has reportedly resisted because he wanted to get his troublesome knee to 100 percent. He was a shell of his 2011 form at Patriots camp in August.

Jake Ballard TE ARI 10 Months

The Ravens will work out free agent TE Jake Ballard on Monday.

Ballard was among the Patriots' final cuts. Baltimore has to be displeased with its current tight ends after Ed Dickson and Dallas Clark's drop- and error-filled NFL opener. Ballard, 25, is primarily a blocker on the line.

Jake Ballard TE ARI 11 Months

Patriots waived TE Jake Ballard.

The writing was on the wall for Ballard when Lions defensive linemen were rag-dolling him in the Pats' third preseason game. 25 years old with bad knees, Ballard may generate light interest on waivers, but is unlikely to ever be a fantasy asset again. He's a big, plodding in-line tight end who looks maxed out as a player. The Patriots' release of Ballard likely means Rob Gronkowski (back) will avoid reserve/PUP to open the season.

Jake Ballard TE ARI 11 Months

The Patriots are expected to open the season with Jake Ballard in Rob Gronkowski's old in-line tight end role, and Zach Sudfeld in Hernandez's "flex" tight end position.

Although Ballard can't come close to matching Gronk's receiving skills, he is an efficient blocker at the line of scrimmage, helping Stevan Ridley's fantasy cause. Sudfeld is also an obvious downgrade from Hernandez, although he could be rather heavily targeted in the passing game at least until Gronkowski gets back. Ballard appears to have beaten out Daniel Fells for the in-line tight end position. He still holds very little fantasy appeal. Sudfeld is worth drafting as a back-end TE1 in the short term.