Cardinals cut tight end Jefferson, sign Ballard

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Cardinals on Monday released rookie tight end D.C. Jefferson and signed tight end Jake Ballard.

Coach Bruce Arians said the release of Jefferson had nothing to do with the rookie’s arrest Friday night in Scottsdale on suspicion of extreme DUI. Arians said the decision to release Jefferson had been made earlier Friday.

Jefferson was a seventh-round draft pick out of Rutgers.

The 6-foot-6, 275-pound Ballard appeared in 15 games for the Giants in 2010 and 2011. He the signed with the Patriots but missed all of last season with a knee injury and was released on Aug. 30.

“He was in for a workout a couple of weeks ago,” Arians said of Ballard, “and we really liked what we saw as a veteran at that position.”