The Miami Dolphins were originally scheduled to release Kalen Ballage before the 2020 season, but before the deal went official last week, the franchise was able to find a business partner. By Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Dolphins traded Ballage to the New York Jets for a conditional end-of-round pick, adding the third straight year to a rotation that includes Le’Veon Bell, Frank Gore and rookie LaMichael Perine.
Now, however, this trade has been canceled, by Rapoport, due to a reported physical failure with the Jets. So Ballage, a 2018 Dolphins fourth-round pick who fell out of favor in Miami after the team added both Jordan Howard and Matt Breida this offseason, has returned to the Dolphins’ roster and is expected to be released (at new).
Ballage started six games for the Dolphins last season, averaging just 1.8 yards per carry and three touchdowns. The Dolphins were last in rushing yards and 31st in yards per attempt last season, so their problems went beyond Ballage – who needed a fresh start with another organization.
Ballage averaged 5.3 yards per carry in his rookie season (2018) on 36 attempts and played himself in the starting role after the team traded Kenyan Drake. He played under current Jets coach Adam Gase in his 2018 season with Miami. Ballage was scheduled to compete for a spot in the list in New York with Josh Adams and Perine.