New York Jets Should Not Pursue RB Chris Ivory

By Andrew Fisher
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The New York Jets need help in a lot of areas, with running back being one of them. After the departure of Shonn Greene in free agency, the Jets must add someone to take his place in the offseason. Thus far, they’ve yet to sign a free agent, which was leading most to believe they would fill the void via the 2013 NFL Draft. However, the latest buzz has the team interested in acquiring the services of restricted free agent RB Chris Ivory.

Currently a member of the New Orleans Saints, Ivory could be the odd man out anyway, with Mark Ingram figuring to see an increased workload this year. Of course Darren Sproles also commands plenty of touches, so Ivory really isn’t in the greatest position in NOLA.

If the Jets did sign him to an offer sheet, and the Saints failed to match, it would cost them a second round draft pick. For a franchise that desperately needs to rebuild with youth, this is not a good thing. Ivory has shown decent potential so far in his career, but certainly nothing worthy of a second round pick. There are numerous players the Jets could take with that pick, anyway. Montee Ball and Le’Veon Bell come to mind right away, and both would be a better option for New York than Chris Ivory.

I understand the potential interest, but acquiring a restricted free agent just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. The price tag is too high, and the Jets are better served to find a new running back with the draft. They need to rebuild the franchise from the ground up, and develop players in their system from the start.

Fans can only hope the Ivory talk, is just that.


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