The Green Bay Packers have been entangled in ongoing trade talks with the New York Jets involving quarterback Aaron Rodgers. However, the Packers still found time to re-sign two defensive role players.
Green Bay has re-signed both Rudy Ford and Corey Ballentine, the team announced. While Ballentine's contract details are not yet known, Ford will be signing a one-year deal worth up to $2.5 million, via Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network.
Ford joined the Packers last season after a one-year stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In Green Bay, Ford appeared in all 17 games, starting six. He made 44 tackles, three passes defended and a career-high three interceptions.
Over his entire six-year NFL career – which includes stints with the Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles – Ford has appeared in 73 games. He has made 132 tackles, six passes defended and four interceptions.
Like Ford, Ballentine bounced around the league before joining the Packers this past season. He appeared in just eight games for Green Bay, although he didn't do much defensively. Ballentine did play a big role for the Packers on special teams over those eight games, forcing a fumble in the process. Through his four-year career, Ballentine has returned 35 kickoffs for 855 yards.
Rudy Ford will make more of a difference on defense while Corey Ballentine will have a role on special teams. Both clearly made a strong introduction in their debut with the Packers. Green Bay's top priority right now is reaching the finish line on a Rodgers trade. However, the Packers wanted to ensure Ford and Ballentine stayed in town for at least another year.