Ballage’s spot on Miami’s roster was uncertain and he reportedly was likely to be released. Instead of potentially trying to acquire him through waivers, the Jets made the deal with the Dolphins to assure themselves of adding him.
Ballage has outstanding speed and is powerfully built at 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds. After a solid college career, Gase and the Dolphins added him to their ground game and the rookie showed promise in limited action.
He ran for 191 yards on 36 carries — a 5.3 yard average — and a touchdown, along with nine catches for 56 yards. But he struggled in his second season after Gase went to the Jets, averaging only 1.8 yards per carry while finishing with 135 yards on 74 attempts.
Ballage’s average was the worst by a running back with at least 70 carries since Phil Sarboe had a 1.2-yard average for two teams in 1936. Ballage spent the last four weeks last season on injured reserve after hurting his left leg.