Was there ever any doubt about anything you typed here? Of course Ballard knows that. Heck, the fans all know that ... If he wants anything in return for a player slated to be a FA at year end, he has to trade him by the trade deadline?
I think he has taken too many hits to the head, he was making the hits but it ruined him. Nobody thought Seau had CTE either before he did what he did. Some players for what ever reason get it and some don't. Emmitt Smith seems fine and he took a pounding.