The New Orleans Saints have one of the most dynamic offenses in the NFL behind a great passing game from Drew Brees. However, the Saints also have a formidable rushing attack with their plethora of running backs.
On the depth chart, the Saints have Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas, Chris Ivory, and Travaris Cadet for their backfield. Ingram and Sproles are the primary ball carriers, with Thomas coming in for the occasional third down. Ivory and Cadet were often left out of the mix last season until Sproles went down with an injury.
With Cadet serving as a utility man for the Saints, Ivory figures to be the odd man out for the running backs.
Ivory played great last season in his limited playing time but with the Saints stacked at running back, he might not be re-signed. Nevertheless, it would be tough for the Saints to let go of Ivory given his aggressive running style. Ivory is the epitome of a power back, as he constantly breaks tackles and fights for the extra yards.
Last season, Ivory only played six games, but came up huge for the team a number of times. Ivory carried the ball 40 times for 217 yards and two touchdowns. One of the highlights of the season was when Ivory broke free for a 56-yard rushing touchdown in a win against the rival Atlanta Falcons.
Given his track record, Ivory could still be a very valuable running back even in limited playing time. However, since the Saints have such a tough salary cap situation, the money that Ivory would get might be better spent elsewhere.
Specifically, the Saints are in desperate need of a defensive makeover, and could use any extra cap space to bring in some defensive players.
So it would appear that Ivory could be on the move from New Orleans, but he would definitely not be unemployed for too long. Ivory is a very underrated running back and if the Saints do not re-sign him, he will be picked up quickly by another team.