Cardinals sign TE Ballard, cut Jefferson

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Four weeks after trying him out, the Arizona Cardinals signed tight end Jake Ballard to a one-year contract, the team announced Monday.

In a subsequent move, Arizona released rookie tight end D.C. Jefferson.

Arizona brought in Ballard for a tryout during the week of Oct. 14, but the team didn’t think he could last the whole season. Ballard tore his ACL in Super Bowl XLVI with the New York Giants. He missed all of last season as a member of the New England Patriots, who cut him after training camp.

In 15 games with the Giants -- one in 2010 and 14 in 2011 -- he had 604 yards and four touchdowns on 38 receptions.

Jefferson, who was drafted in the seventh round of April’s draft, was active for four of the Cardinals’ eight games this season but didn’t catch a pass.