New Orleans Saints Better Off Without Chris Ivory

By Andrew Fisher
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After lots of trade speculation over the past few weeks, running back Chris Ivory was finally dealt to the New York Jets during the 2013 NFL Draft. I recently questioned if there would be a market for Ivory, outside of New York, and it appears there wasn’t. If there was, it certainly wasn’t a team willing to give up a fourth round draft pick.

The Jets had Ivory pegged, and it was a great deal for the New Orleans Saints. They used the 106th pick they got from New York, and parlayed it with their 109th selection, to trade back into the third round and grab defensive lineman Jonathan Jenkins. The 358-pounder should come in right away and provide some quality depth for the Saints.

The Ivory trade is a win-win situation, for two reasons. First off, it allowed the Saints to move back up the board to get more value for their defense. Ivory wasn’t a key piece on offense, and he was certainly expendable. Not saying he wasn’t a quality back, it’s just that the team will be better as a whole, by adding to the defense instead of keeping another running back on the roster.

Secondly, clearing out the roster, will only increase the number of touches for Darren Sproles and Mark Ingram. Everything in the New Orleans’ backfield in 2013, needs to run through Sproles and Ingram. Ivory was just taking touches away from the former Heisman trophy winner, and from one of the most dynamic players in the game.

For those saying the Jets were crazy to give up a fourth-rounder in this deal, you’re right. But you can be assured, the Saints could care less, because they just pulled off one heck of draft day trade.


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