FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Introducing a different veteran to their crowded backfield, the New York Jets have acquired jogging back Kalen Ballage from the Miami Dolphins in a unusual intradivision trade, a league source verified Thursday.
The Dolphins, reportedly on the verge of releasing Ballage, will receive a conditional late-round select, NFL Community claimed.
Ballage will be reunited with coach Adam Gase, who was section of Miami’s conclusion to draft him in 2018. Ballage is the 2nd ex-Dolphin to sign up for Gase’s team of managing backs, signing up for Frank Gore, who mentored Ballage as a rookie.
The Jets’ starter is Le’Veon Bell, who produced headlines Wednesday by expressing disappointment on Twitter that he didn’t get extra reps in the team’s first instrasquad scrimmage. Ahead of the tweet, Gase advised reporters that Bell was pulled mainly because of hamstring tightness, which Bell refuted.
The Jets also have rookie La’Mical Perine, a fourth-spherical choose.
As a rookie, Ballage showed promise in Gase’s offense, averaging 5.3 yards for each carry — 191 yards on 36 attempts, including a touchdown. He also has the ability to return kickoffs, which also appealed to the Jets.