Jets Reportedly Interested In Chris Ivory

The New York Jets are reportedly interested in trading for New Orleans Saints Restricted Free Agent Running Back, Chris Ivory. The Jets hosted Ivory for a visit on Friday, but are unlikely to sign him to an offer sheet due to the second round tender New Orleans placed on him earlier this offseason. New York would prefer to exchange a later round draft pick for Ivory, rather than surrendering the 39th overall pick, according to multiple reports.

Depending on the required compensation to acquire Ivory from the Saints, this has the potential to be New York’s best free agent addition under new General Manager John Idzik. Ivory has been buried in a deep stable of backs in a pass first offense in New Orleans, and has yet to truly get a chance to tap into his potential. At 25 years old, and with just 256 career carries, Ivory has plenty of tread left on his tires and has the talent to break out in an expanded role.

Ivory is a tough runner who would be a nice complement to New York’s other free agent RB addition, Mike Goodson, who is viewed more as a speed back with big play ability. Ivory would presumably form a solid one-two punch in the Jets backfield with Goodson, giving New York quality balance at the running back position. If Goodson can remain healthy, he and Ivory would likely form a significant upgrade to what the Jets had at the position in 2012.

The interesting part becomes the compensation. In a draft with quality depth at running back, how high of a pick will the Jets be willing to sacrifice? Ivory is likely a better option than any back in the 4th round or later this year, and although his salary would be higher than a player drafted in that range, he is the better bet to produce more at a faster rate.

The interest in Ivory is an indication that Idzik and the Jets front office are continuing, what seems to be, an improving trend in the organization’s scouting department. We have been banging the table for the Jets to take a look at Ivory for a while here at Turn On The Jets, as have many Jets fans who took notice of Ivory last August when he was on display throughout the Saints preseason schedule.

Ivory has played in 24 career games since signing with the Saints as an undrafted free agent out of Tiffin University in 2010. For what limited role he has had in New Orleans, Ivory has run for 1,307 yards with a career average of 5.1 YPC and 8 touchdowns.

Author: Chris Gross

Chris Gross is a Staff Writer and Head NFL Draft Editor who is a graduate of Union College where he obtained a degree in history and captained the football team as a defensive end. Doug Brien is the only grown man to make him cry. Chris will assist me in leading our Jets and NFL coverage along with leading our 2013 NFL Draft coverage. He will also run the site when Editor-In-Chief Joe Caporoso is unavailable.

  • willie

    I’d look at swapping first round picks with the saints throwing in a pick next year.

  • Harold

    Willie that’s just crazy talk. We would never swap 1st round picks for Chris Ivory. Maybe a 4th or a 5th rounder but nothing more.

  • Harold

    Joe you are pretty smart but saying get a guard so we have a top rush offense is silly. Vlad, Mangold, Howard and Colon are all outstanding Run blockers why would we draft a Guard for that just plain poor drafting. Please keep up the great work on the site, but the crazy o-line plans for a very good unit is crazy. This logic means we should get rid of all our good players and hope to get great players and ignore real needs. We need a QB and Geno Smith in my many scouts view is as good as Ryan Tannehill how did he do for a rookie pretty good. Geno @ 9 or 13 is good value. We need to really stop comparing everyone Luck and RG3 and look at a very solid prospect who has had the opportunity to throw a ton of balls and develop. With our other presumed pick we need a pass rusher if none that we like is available we should look to trade down with someone who wants Austin or another player and get an extra 2nd or high third. Lets build a team the right way with a QB and a pass rush. We are already solid on O-line and D-line.

  • KAsh

    @Harold – So your argument is that we should avoid the Michael Jordan of OGs in favor of an average QB that is probably no better than what we already have. That because Sanchez played poorly the last two years, he needs to go, regardless if the QB we replace him with is better or not.

    For how long should we have to replace poor QBs with poor QBs that need to sit on the bench for at least half a season? If we draft Warmack or Cooper, we will not haveto worry about one of the guard spots for a decade. If we draft Smith, we will be replacing him in 2-4 years again. Hopefully for Smith, the Eagles select him, as he is not displacing Vick for a while and Vick has never fiinished a full season because of how he plays.

    What is the exact argument against drafting what might be the best player in the draft at #9? Had Warmack played almost any other position, he would be going #1,so we should be lucky that everyone is likely to ignore the best player and he also fills a need.

  • KAsh

    Oh, and Tannehill was pretty bad. So bad as the 8th pick lasy year that his GM Ireland spent like a madman in FA in an attempt to preserve his own job.

  • Harold

    Your comments show a lack of understanding of the game. If you look at the best guards in football almost all are drafted after the 1st round. Why you ask? Because toughness, smarts, strength and instincts are what make a great guards. You draft unique athletic talent ( DL, Pass Rushing OLB’s, WR, CB, OT) or Unique skill set (QB) in the top half of the 1st half. The other positions can wait. Also Tannehill had a very good rookie year. He just happened to be in a great class(Luck, RG3, Wilson). If Sanchez had played as well as Tannehill we would have won 9 games.

  • KAsh

    If 12 TDs to 13 INTs is a great rookie year, I would hate to see even a regular one. Can he improve? Maybe. Is Tannehill’s career path looking like Sanchez’s but without the first year of glory and opportunity? I would say yes. But hey drafting bad QBs every few years will significantly reduce the amount of time a team and its fanbase has to dedicate to the draft.

    As for what positions have gone (note the past tense) in the top 10 and why, please read this article by Ted Sundquist:

    Your explanation of who gets drafted where and why is extremely funny. Ever heard of workout warriors? Why does everyone who does this professionally always tell you to go to the tape? Here is how dominant Warmack is: he bombed his combine and his pro day and no one even questioned his status as one of the best prospects in this year’s draft. He could have moonwalked the forty and no one would bat an eyelash. He is an elite prospect because he is a unique combination of strength, instinct, attitude, and ability that cannot be trained or acquired. He does not let himself be pushed back and blows his targets out of the play. This team would benefit more from from him than from Geno Smith for years to come.
    Why would you draft Smith? There likely will be better QBs in next year’s draft. We might have a new coach next year; that coach deserves his own QB. This would be a circus, one that ruins the team for many years. A QB that should not have started, a coach that does not want his QB, a GM that is tied to said to QB. Disfunction for at least the next three years, starting with 2014.

  • paul

    @Harold are you seriuos please read this article copy paste below,then let me know if you still think Geno smith is a good pick over Warmack.

  • Harold

    Paul and Kash:

    Are guys serious? Who said anything about workout warriors? I certainly did not. I am talking elite athletes at elite positions who are outstanding football players. I am speaking about facts what you are saying is pretty naive. If I were to believe you I guess that is why I see all these guards being picked each year in the top ten. Because it is such a value pick. C’mon you don’t and you won’t because it is silly. These guys are tough, smart and strong. They are limited athletically. Think of them as the fullbacks of the line. You guys really need to get it together. Also 12 TD’s and 13 picks is a solid rookie season good look at many of the Hall of Fame and Probowl quaterbacks ( Peyton Manning, Elway etc and you will see similiar or worse ratios TD’s to INT’s). So before you post please check the facts and understand what is being explained to you.

  • KAsh

    The funny thing is that you have not stated a single fact and backed it up with anything more than a personal impression. For example, I have only been able to find four decent QBs who had a rookie season similar to Tannehill’s. Peyton Manning, Matt Schaub, Joe Flacco, and Drew Brees. Peyton had 26 TDs that year (and has never had less than 26). Schaub was traded to the Texans and probably had to get used to a new team. Flacco and Brees both had slightly more TDs than INTs, and neither was considered the answer at the position until they won something. (Brees in fact did it for another team.)

    You are the one talking about generalizations. Geno Smith is the best QB in this draft. But there is a QB of his level in almost every draft. This is a very weak class. Smith suffers from fumbles, stepping up when needed, and accuracy when pressured. Sanchez has only two of the three.

    Meanwhile Warmack and Cooper are both studs. The issues that they have to fix are minor and easily addressed. They have both been talked about as Top 10 talent for the majority of the preseason, both hailed as once in twenty years prospects. OGs and OCs drafted in the first round are also the players most assured of being elected to the Pro Bowl of any other positions. This means that scouts and draftniks generally know elite guard and center talent when they see it, unlike with QBs, WRs, and pass rushers, many of who bust. There are no guarantees at those positions because no one knows what differentiates a breakout from a bust, and many times these players dominate inferior competition and break when the talent they face is on par or better than them. Gholston is a prime example. The NFL is a league in which heart and talent are what it takes to succeed. Smith is doubtable in both aspects. Warmack and Cooper are not.

  • Harold

    I can find you plenty of QB’s and gave you 2 of the best but if I must let’s go through the list.

    John Elway 7 TD’s and 14 INT’s

    Joe Flacco 14 TD’s and 12 INT’s

    Brett Favre 1st 2 season 37 TD’s and 37 INT’s

    The list goes on and on, but I digress in speaking to long if you don’t understand the draft and why certain positions are valued the way they are I will engage you in another debate and hopefully we can find a little common ground.

  • Harold

    I did want to address your Geno Smith Weaknesses. I watched game tapes not scouting reports and he moves well in the pocket, Doesn’t shy away from the rush and can make post snap reads and has very good Arm talent (combo of arm strength and accuracy)(the last two perhaps the two biggest on field traits for QB and The other trait would be film study). Please this does not ensure success but it is a good start and makes him a very good prospect. Trent Dilfer compared his college tape to Eli, Matt Ryan, Phillip Rivers etc and found he was a good a prospect as any. However we get jaded by a great one time class from 2012.

  • KAsh

    I did not use any quarterbacks that have retired because they played in a league with vastly different rules. The fact of the matter is Elway and Favre had winning seasons their rookie years. Favre suffered a sophmore slump (the only time in his first five years when his INTs outpaced his TDs) and still had a 9-7 record. Elway played in a very different league; his TDs only started significantly outpacing his INTs in 1993, ten years after he was first drafted.

    Anyway, this argument ignores all the quarterbacks that have failed or are close to failing that started out like Tannehill. Tannehill had a Vince Young rookie year. He had a Christian Ponder year. A Blaine Gabbert year. All high first round picks. All had Tannehill’s rookie season or better. And all had Geno Smith-esque strengths and weaknesses.

    Whoever is under center for the Jets – whether it is Geno Smith or Mark Sanchez or Joe Montana – is going to benefit from a strong ground game. He is going to benefit from a strong pocket. He is going to benefit from not having to scramble on every passing down. This is what Warmack offers. Geno Smith gives us Sanchez 2.0

  • Richard DiFrancesco

    would you do # 9 pick for Ivory & # 15 ?

  • Harold

    KAsh: He had Joe Flacco year… ( He not too bad right now) Also if you look at his stats the year after week 4 he threw 10 TD’s and only 7 INT’s. If we could have had Sanchez do this we may have made the playoffs. But obviously you are someone who looks at stats but does not analyze them. That’s okay you will get better through time at going through the information and making cogent arguments.

    P.S. We do not need O-line help since we were rated #3 with Vlad playing almost a third of the snaps. Did you remember all those bad plays from Vlad? Of course not…because he played very well. Also Colon is a younger and stronger player than Brandon Moore at this stage of his career. So we may need depth on the O-line, but we do not need 1st round players.

    P.S. I am glad you are not the GM or we would quickly become the Cleveland Browns or Oakland Raiders.