Cardinals cut D.C. Jefferson after arrest, sign Jake Ballard


Days after Arizona tight end D.C. Jefferson was arrested, the Cardinals have made a change at the position.

The team has announced that Jefferson has been released, and Jake Ballard has been signed.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that Jefferson, a rookie seventh-round draft pick, was arrested on Friday in Scottsdale for driving under the influence.

That arrest obviously didn’t help Jefferson’s chances of staying with the Cardinals, although the decision to make a switch at tight end may have been simply a matter of getting better at tight end. Jefferson had seen very little playing time this season and hadn’t caught a single pass. Ballard, on the other hand, was looking like a good young player for the Giants before he blew out his knee in the Super Bowl 21 months ago.

Jefferson getting cut is another reminder that in the NFL, a good player can get arrested and keep his job. A mediocre player cannot.

Ballard was waived by the Giants in 2012 and picked up by the Patriots. He spent all of last year on New England’s physically unable to perform list and was released by the Patriots at the end of the preseason this year.

11 responses to “Cardinals cut D.C. Jefferson after arrest, sign Jake Ballard

  1. It’s not just football players. Al Michaels got a DWI as well and got to keep his job. It should not surprise anyone that the more talent you have, the more flexible the treatment.

  2. he WAS cut for his play. Cards worked Ballard out over 2 weeks ago. Jefferson was arrested last friday. I’m sure it didn’t help matters, but he had been spoken of as “very raw” since he got here…not good halfway through the season. Football move.

  3. Arians just said “Don’t be that guy!” in the last team meeting before their off days due to their bye week. D.C. turned out to “be that guy” & hastened his exit from the team.

    D.C. was raw & had stone hands. He couldn’t catch a cold. The Cardinals have been needing a blocking type TE every since Jeff King was lost for the season in pre-season. Dray is a #3 type TE that can block & catch but does neither exceptionally well.

    Hopefully Ballard can come in & contribute.

  4. If Ballard had anything to give this year, he would still be in New England.

    With the dearth of tight ends they had in preseason and he still couldn’t stick, that says a lot.

  5. Jefferson hasn’t really ever had much of a chance to make it at TE. Since being switched from QB he’s not gotten much experience at the position.
    Now that he’s at Carolina he still doesn’t have much of a chance. They have 6 TE’s and he’s viewed as having the least chance to make the roster. Greg Olson, Brandon Williams and Richie Brockle was already there and then they brought in Ed Dickson and Mike McNeill along with Jefferson this off season.
    Brandon Williams is projected to be a up and coming star, Olson is certainly gonna be there, Dickson has huge potential, Brockle and McNeill are the only 2 TE’s they have that can block so Jefferson’s chances are between slim and none at Carolina.
    But hey, I’m pulling for him !!

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