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 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.
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.
Ivory (back/elbow) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the 49ers.
Ivory will be available for the contest, but with top back Leonard Fournette (quadriceps) slated to return to action Sunday, Ivory -- who logged 17 carries for 42 yards in Week 15 -- is in line to serve in a complementary role in the Jaguars' backfield this weekend, along with T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant.
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|2011||New Orleans Saints||6||2||79||374||4.7||35||1||2||21|
|2012||New Orleans Saints||6||2||40||217||5.4||56||2||3||7|
|2013||New York Jets||15||6||182||833||4.6||69||3||8||34|
|2014||New York Jets||16||10||198||821||4.1||71||6||1||42|
|2015||New York Jets||15||14||247||1070||4.3||58||7||9||50|
|2010||New Orleans Saints||12||4||1||17||17.0||17||0||0||0||1|
|2011||New Orleans Saints||6||2||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||New Orleans Saints||6||2||2||15||7.5||13||0||0||0||1|
|2013||New York Jets||15||6||2||10||5.0||12||0||0||0||1|
|2014||New York Jets||16||10||18||123||6.8||23||1||1||0||4|
|2015||New York Jets||15||14||30||217||7.2||36||1||3||0||9|
|2010||New Orleans Saints||12||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2011||New Orleans Saints||6||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||New Orleans Saints||6||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||New York Jets||15||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||New York Jets||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||New York Jets||15||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2014||New York Jets||16||2||1||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2015||New York Jets||15||4||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|