The New York Jets could have a trade in place for New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory just days prior to the start of the 2013 NFL Draft, and those rumors intensified after Ivory signed his restricted free agent tender.
The Saints announced that Ivory signed his RFA tender offer, which may increase the likelihood of a trade. The Jets have shown heavy interest in Ivory, but were unwilling to part with a high draft pick in RFA compensation.
As is typically the case with restricted free agency, most teams shied away from the notion of giving up a pick (in this case a second-rounder) for a guy like Ivory, who has never gotten ample playing time in his NFL career.
The 25-year-old Ivory entered the league in 2010 as an undrafted free agent out of Tiffin, and while he’s only had 256 carries in his three years with the Saints, he’s averaged 5.1 yards per carry when they’ve called his number.
Jets rookie general manager John Idzik would love to acquire Ivory for a late-round draft pick, and the Saints would surely love to get something of value for Ivory, who is looking for an opportunity to earn more playing time.
If the Jets can get him for a fifth-rounder or later, it would be a solid move to roll the dice on a guy like Ivory, who was always buried on the Saints’ running back depth chart, despite outproducing former top pick Mark Ingram.
While there have been trade rumors involving the Jets for months now, don’t be surprised if the pre-draft trade the Jets do make involves a running back like Ivory coming to New York, rather than a star cornerback departing.