Could RB Chris Ivory Be “Jetting” To New York?

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In a very under the radar move, New Orleans Saints’ Restricted free agent running back Chris Ivory visited the New York Jets yesterday.

New Orleans placed a second-round tender on Ivory back in March. The second-round tender consists of a one-year, $2.023 million offer.

This means if a team would want Ivory to sign a contract and the Saints wouldn’t match the offer, the Saints would receive a second-round pick from that team.

Reports say that the Jets are NOT willing to give up their 39th overall pick in next weeks NFL Draft, but can still acquire Ivory when the restricted free agent signing period ends on April 19th.

After that date, Ivory becomes the exclusive property of the Saints, and is NOT able to negotiate a deal with another team.

According to sources close to Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News, the Jets will make the Saints an offer for lower draft pick compensation in a trade for Ivory.

With the Saints having running backs Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles on the roster Ivory has been the odd man out. He only had 40 carries and 2 receptions last year but has an impressive 5.1 yards-per-carry average for his career.

NICK’S NOTES:

I would love to see the Jets offer something like a 5th or 6th this year and possibly a 2014 compensation pick. It looks like we could have about ten picks next year after the compensatory picks (which cannot be traded) are handed out.