One player that has turned his career into something special in the NFL is New York Jets running back Chris Ivory. He entered the league with the New Orleans Saints and burst onto the scene.
That led him to getting signed by the Jets and becoming their primary starter the last few years. His contract is running out and after splitting time with Bilal Powell last season, it doesn’t look like the Jets are going to be re-signing him.
Mainsh Mehta of the New York Daily News took a look at some potential free agent players the Jets should be targeting. He said that former Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris would be interesting especially since the team could be losing three running backs.
“The Jets could lose three running backs — Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell and Stevan Ridley — to free agency, so they are going to need a couple of replacements. Given the budget constraints the team is facing, it seems likely they will head to the bargain bin and grab someone like Morris rather than more highly-regarded runners such as Doug Martin, Lamar Miller or Arian Foster. Morris is coming off of the worst year of his career in which he averaged just 3.7 yards per carry and scored only one touchdown.”
The Jets are hurting for money right now, so it’s unlikely that they would bring Ivory back on for his price right now. Morris has had some bright spots, but was overshadowed by the play of quarterback Kirk Cousins and upstart running back Matt Jones.
Ivory on the other hand, looks to be in a good position to be signed to be either a starter or at least split time with another back right now.
The former undrafted free agent out of Tiffin University has had one heck of a showing. He became the starter in New York in 2013 and has gone for at least over 800 yards in all three seasons, including his first 1,000-yard season in 2015.
He has over 4,000 yards and 24 touchdowns in his six-year career, so it shouldn’t be a surprise when a team comes knocking at his door on Wednesday.
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