The Bills are releasing Ivory on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
It's a bit of a surprise the team waited this long after giving Frank Gore a one-year, $2 million contract at the very beginning of free agency. Coming off three consecutive seasons with less than 4.0 yards per carry, the 31-year-old Ivory likely will need to battle for a 53-man roster spot at his next NFL stop, assuming he continues his career. Marcus Murphy (elbow) now projects as the No. 3 running back in Buffalo, though he'll surely have some rookie competition.
When you have a 30-year-old backup to a 30-year-old starter, what better way to provide depth than to bring in a 35-year-old? There's a chance Ivory could now be cut since such a move would help the Bills gain some extra cap room. However, the coaching staff seems to like him, and the team does feature a heavy running game, so the Bills could save a draft pick for something else if they're content to enter the 2019 campaign with the three elder statesmen and Marcus Murphy.
Ivory carried the ball 14 times for 45 yards in Sunday's finale against the Dolphins while hauling in his only target for 45 yards.
The 3.2 yards per carry isn't great, but the 46-yard catch helped set the tone for one of the team's better offensive games of the season. It'll be interesting to see what the Bills do with veterans LeSean McCoy and Ivory this offseason. The team continues to say McCoy is part of the plan for 2019, while also saying complementary things all season about Ivory and what he brings to the table. Still, both backs are on the other side of 30 and at some point -- perhaps soon -- the Bills will have to start working in younger runners and there may not be room for both. If McCoy did leave in a salary cap move (something GM Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott keep denying), Ivory could be a good role player in kind of a 50-50 backfield, perhaps similar to what the Dolphins did with Frank Gore this season. That said, Ivory may be more likely to be gone than McCoy at this stage, though the former has an affordable 2019 cost after signing a modest two-year deal in March.
Ivory (shoulder) is active Sunday against Miami.
Ivory will break a streak of two games in a row on the inactive list, but could be a candidate to see some carries with rookie Keith Ford a scratch for this contest. LeSean McCoy is listed as the projected starter, but Ivory is the only other true running back suiting up. Should Ivory find himself with a role in the offense, he could see favorable opportunities against a Miami defense surrendering the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs in PPR formats.
Ivory (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins after practicing fully all week.
Despite the tag, it looks like Ivory will be be available this weekend after missing the Bills' past two games. That said, in such a scenario, his Week 17 workload would be hard to predict, with the team possibly wanting to close out starter LeSean McCoy's season on a positive note, in addition to giving rookie Keith Ford reps for evaluation purposes.
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