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WhoDat!656 02-12-2013 05:39 PM

New Orleans Saints should re-sign RB Chris Ivory
 
One of the most underrated players heading into 2013 free agency, New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory will be looking to land a gig as someoneís No. 1 runner when March 12 rolls around. If the Saints know whatís best for them, though, he shouldnít get the opportunity.

While Ivory hasnít had too many opportunities to showcase his talents, the former undrafted back has plenty to offer an NFL offense. With an explosive running style and the ability to hit a home run at any given moment, Ivory is a star waiting to shine. Unfortunately, for the past three seasons, heís been stuck in the logjam that is the Saintsí running back depth chart.

What the Saints need to do is re-sign Ivory and make him a priority in their offense. Since entering the league in 2010, the 24-year old out of Tiffin University has received only 288 offensive touches (256 carries, 32 catches). Not only did he show that he can make the most of his limited attempts (career 5.1 yards per carry average), but Ivory also has fresh legs and could easily shoulder a full-time load for the next three or four seasons assuming he doesnít fall to injury.

Ivory has the potential to be better than Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles if given the opportunity. The only question at this point is whether or not the Saints find the courage to clear up the clutter, re-sign Ivory and let the youngster do what he does best. In my opinion, that would be the best case scenario moving forward for New Orleans.

If the Saints donít re-sign Ivory, itís likely that a runner-needy team like the Green Bay Packers will throw a significant amount of money at him and make him their feature back. If that does happen, the Saints will be forced to field a patchwork ground game, which obviously isnít working for them.

The decision is theirs to make; whether or not they make the right choice is still to be seen.

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saintsfan1976 02-12-2013 05:46 PM

Re: New Orleans Saints should re-sign RB Chris Ivory
 
As much as I bag on Ivory (rightfully so) I am behind this 100%.

Until he fumbles or gets injured.

So, I'm 100% behind this for a few weeks.

saintfan 02-12-2013 05:47 PM

Re: New Orleans Saints should re-sign RB Chris Ivory
 
I expect we will resign him. He's a RFA right?

AllSaints 02-12-2013 05:50 PM

Re: New Orleans Saints should re-sign RB Chris Ivory
 
Ivorys is def. MY favorite runner on this team ! The guy explodes when He gets the ball is sn't afraid of a hit ! I would hate to see him with any other team !

pherein 02-12-2013 05:53 PM

Re: New Orleans Saints should re-sign RB Chris Ivory
 
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Originally Posted by saintfan (Post 479457)
I expect we will resign him. He's a RFA right?

yep RFA. I was thinking same thing. Not sure we can afford him, but would suck if the failcons picked him up.

ChrisXVI 02-12-2013 06:05 PM

Re: New Orleans Saints should re-sign RB Chris Ivory
 
I love Chris Ivory like everybody else... But seeing as how he's a restricted free-agent, if another team were to offer him a decent contract and give us a fourth or fifth round draft pick for him then of course we should let him go. That is, to the right team... Not the Failclons as Pherein said!

halloween 65 02-12-2013 06:30 PM

Re: New Orleans Saints should re-sign RB Chris Ivory
 
A team like the Ravens or 49'ers or Cincy will jump on him. Gore and Ivory could make for a long day. I hope we resign him and run a power game.

K Major 02-12-2013 06:33 PM

Re: New Orleans Saints should re-sign RB Chris Ivory
 
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Originally Posted by pherein (Post 479459)
yep RFA. I was thinking same thing. Not sure we can afford him, but would suck if the failcons picked him up.

Falcons have expressed a lot of interest in Stephen Jackson.

ChrisXVI 02-12-2013 06:47 PM

Re: New Orleans Saints should re-sign RB Chris Ivory
 
I've heard of nothing but the Packers being interested in Steven Jackson... That's interesting to think of Atlanta being interested in him. I just don't see them getting rid of one washed up RB for one that's just about on his last legs.

Seer1 02-12-2013 07:34 PM

Re: New Orleans Saints should re-sign RB Chris Ivory
 
No offense and I certainly love to see him put the hammer down on the field, but how much "bounty" did he collect on his own cart offs? He runs too damn crazy to stay healthy. Let's get some draft picks for him from a team we're playing in the second half of the season.


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