With the NFL season almost here, the New York Jets have made an addition to their backfield. On Thursday afternoon, general manager Joe Douglas struck a deal with a division rival.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport is reporting that Miami and New York have agreed to a trade involving running back Kalen Ballage. He’ll be heading from the Dolphins to the Jets in exchange for a conditional late-round pick.
Miami reportedly planned on releasing Ballage, but New York clearly sees something in the Arizona State product.
Ballage will join a backfield that already features Le’Veon Bell and Frank Gore. The Jets also used a fourth-round pick this year on La’Mical Perine from Florida, so this is an interesting trade to say the least.
Plot twist: The #Dolphins are trading RB Kalen Ballage to the #Jets for a conditional late-round pick, source said. Miami had planned to release him, but NYJ stepped in before it was official and the two have a deal.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 27, 2020
Last season, Ballage had 135 rushing yards and three touchdowns for Miami. To be fair, the offense struggled as a whole to run the ball.
Ballage doesn’t have much mileage on his body through two seasons in the NFL. It’s highly unlikely he sees a huge role in New York due to Bell and Gore, but perhaps Adam Gase has a plan for the 24-year-old tailback.
As for the Dolphins, the team’s rushing attack will be led by Matt Breida and Jordan Howard. The former was acquired in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers, and the latter was signed in free agency.
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