In the latest string of NFL Rumors it appears that New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory is on the trading block. Ivory has yet to be activated this season as he is buried deep on the depth chart. Ivory is the number four running back behind Darren Sproles, Mark Ingram, and Pierre Thomas.
Ivory is a quality running back and really helped the Saints a lot during last season’s playoffs. However, Ingram was injured at the time and that created opportunity for Ivory to come in and be a reliable number three running back. This season the Saints’ running backs are healthy and it is probably the deepest position on the roster.
Ivory is still a viable option at running back for any team and during 18 games with the Saints he has rushed for 1,090 yards and six touchdowns on 216 carries. Ivory could go anywhere and make an impact. Ivory’s best attribute as a running back is his ability to fight for the extra yards. With that in mind Ivory could help a team on the short gains and goal line rushes.
I am sure the Saints would like to keep him but they are so deep at running back and seem committed to Sproles, Ingram, and Thomas. Despite having good running backs the Saints’ ground game has been atrocious as they have never really been able to establish any type of rushing attack through the first five games of the season.
Ivory getting dealt would not be a terrible thing for either side. Ivory could potentially end up on a team that is in desperate need of a running back and he would be able to come in and help out right away. Furthermore, it would benefit the Saints if they could trade Ivory and get some good talent back in return. It is sometimes difficult to part ways but in this case I think it would be beneficial for Ivory and the Saints.