Chris Ivory is finally under contract with the New Orleans Saints after just signing his tender with the team. This doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll play for the Saints in the upcoming season.
Ivory, played his entire NFL career with New Orleans, was drawing some interest as a restricted free agent, but the Saints announced that running back Chris Ivory signed his restricted free agent tender with the Saints on Friday.
This eliminated the slim possibility that a team like the New York Jets would try to sign him to an offer sheet that would cost them a second-round pick if New Orleans opted not to match.
However, before Ivory signed with the Saints, he visited the New York and talks will be continuing between the Jets and Saints to work out a deal to ship Ivory to the Jets for a late-round draft pick.
In three NFL seasons Ivory has played in 24 games with 10 starts, carrying 256 times for 1,307 yards (a 5.1-yard average) and eight touchdowns. With the Saints he has often been buried on the depth chart in a crowded backfield that also includes Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles and Mark Ingram. It might make sense for the Saints to trade him to a team that needs a running back and could give Ivory more than the 40 carries he got last year.
He’s a decent veteran running back and continues to draw interest from other teams that can use another back in the backfield. However, if he stays with the Saints he will continue to share the crowded backfield that already filled with talent beginning with Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles and Mark Ingram
If moves to a team like the Jets he may have a better opportunity to find a place as a starter but this most likely not going to happen till draft day.
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