Former New York Giants TE Jake Ballard must feel like a ping-pong ball after the team released him, planned on re-signing him, but then had to tell him to leave the building this week. All in a Day in the life of an NFL player, according to his agent.
Tight end Jake Ballard reported to the Giants team facilities Tuesday,
a day after being released by New York. Instead of starting
treatment with team trainers, Ballard was surprised to learn he was no
longer a member of the team.
Shortly upon his arrival, Ballard learned that instead of clearing
waivers and being placed on the team’s reserve list (PUP), he had been
claimed by the New England Patriots. The 6-foot-6,
275-pound Ohio State product had expected to return to New York to
continue treatment for a torn ACL suffered in the Super Bowl against
New England. Instead he learned he would have to say goodbye to a team
that just won the Super Bowl, and say hello to a team he helped defeat
to win that game.
Ballard’s agent Blake Baratz announced the move via Twitter.
The Patriots released a statement shortly afterwards.
Ballard shared his thougts on the move via a
"While this was very sudden and I am still
experiencing a great deal of differing emotions, I wanted to take a
moment to say Thank You and place some closure on a wonderful chapter
in my life," the statement reads. "I will greatly miss my teammates,
the fans, the organization, and albeit short-lived, I will forever
cherish all the great memories that we created during my time in a
“Simultaneously, I am humbled by the opportunity that the Patriots have
afforded me and as I have always done, I will bring nothing but hard
work, professionalism, and integrity to what is already a world class
organization. Sincerely, Jake Ballard."
New England made room for Ballard by placing another tight end on
injured reserve, Iowa rookie Brad Herman. Herman injured his
Achilles in last week’s team OTAs. He underwent surgery to repair the
damage, and will miss the season while he rehabs the injury.
Under The Radar TE Signing
New England signed another tight end, rookie Tyler Urban, the team
announced Monday. Urban, acquired as a rookie free agent by Tampa Bay
on April 30, was released by the Buccaneers on May 17, 2012.
The 6-foot-5, 249-pounder played both receiver and tight end at West Virginia.
Urban was one of thre players signed Monday. WR Jesse Holley
and OL Mike Ingersoll were also signed.
Holley spent two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys (2010-11). He appeared
in 28 games for Dallas, recording 7 catches for 169 yards.
The North Carolina product was originally signed by
Cincinnati as a rookie free agent in 2007. After being released by the
Bengals and spending a year out of football in 2008, the 6-foot-2,
220-pound receiver earned a roster spot in Dallas by winning a reality
TV show hosted by former Cowboys WR Michael Irvin.
Ingersoll was signed by the Chiefs as a rookie free agent out of North
Carolina in 2011. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound lineman was picked
up by the Buccaneers in December. He spent a month on Tampa
Bay's practice squad last season.