Chris Ivory signed with the Bills this offseason after spending a pair of years in Jacksonville. He's slotted in as the primary backup to LeSean McCoy, a role that means a little more than usual because McCoy will be 30 years old when the season starts and has more than 2,600 career touches. Ivory is actually a few months older than McCoy, albeit with just 1,229 career touches. Does any of this matter? Ivory is a potential late-round pick for those who spend an early-round choice on McCoy (or for those who think McCoy will break down this season).
Ivory agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Bills on Tuesday. Per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the contract is worth a maximum of $6 million, including $3.25 million guaranteed in the first year. Ivory was released by the Jaguars in February after two seasons of a five-year, $32 million contract. He averaged only 3.6 yards on 229 carries and lost five fumbles in his two seasons in Jacksonville, ultimately finishing his tenure as a healthy scratch for Week 17 and the playoffs. Ivory did at least display some ability to contribute on passing downs, something that wasn't a major part of his repertoire in New Orleans or New York. Set to turn 30 later in March, he should have the inside track for the top backup job behind LeSean McCoy. The Bills now seem less likely to re-sign Mike Tolbert.
Ivory was released by the Jaguars on Friday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Ivory hasn't been the player Jacksonville thought he could be when it gave him a five-year, $32 million contract in the 2016 offseason, as the 2015 Pro Bowler managed a lackluster 3.6 YPC and just four touchdowns in two seasons. The Jaguars simply couldn't afford his price tag while also having the league's fourth-highest paid running back, Leonard Fournette, under contract, especially considering Ivory's running style essentially renders him a much less dynamic version of Jacksonville's young workhorse. Releasing Ivory saves the team roughly $3.68 million in cap space and leaves T.J. Yeldon as the clear backup to Fournette.
Ivory (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's AFC championship game at New England, Mike Kaye of FirstCoastNews.com reports. Unavailable for each of the Jags' three playoff games to date, Ivory will again don street clothes as Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon handle the bulk of the RB reps Sunday.
Ivory is inactive for Sunday's playoff game against the Steelers. With Ivory a healthy scratch, T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant are on hand to back up top running back Leonard Fournette.
Ivory was a healthy scratch for the Jaguars' Week 17 matchup with Tennessee. The veteran has seen his role dwindle throughout the season, and with a healthy Leonard Fournette back it the mix, Ivory concluded the regular season without logging a carry in each of the team's last two games. That trend could continue as the Jags prepare to host Buffalo in Round 1 of the playoffs Sunday, as all signs point to Fournette and T.J. Yeldon shouldering most of the rushing workload. Ivory's long-term future in Jacksonville could also be in jeopardy given the fact that the Jags could create nearly $3.8 million in cap space if they opt to release Ivory, who's averaging a career-low 3.4 yards per carry, this offseason.
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|2||09/16||Los Angeles Chargers||23||18.38|
|4||09/30||@Green Bay Packers||16||17.38|
|8||10/30||New England Patriots||17||17.47|
|10||11/11||@New York Jets||24||18.50|
|14||12/09||New York Jets||24||18.50|
|16||12/23||@New England Patriots||17||17.47|
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