The Jacksonville Jaguars have parted ways with running back Chris Ivory after two seasons.
The Jaguars announced on Friday that Ivory has been released. Hays Carlyon of 1010 XL Radio added the move will save Jacksonville $4 million against the salary cap.
Ivory, 29, signed with the Jaguars in 2016 and managed to accumulate 229 carries for 821 yards and four touchdowns throughout his two years with the team. He was initially brought in as a power back to compliment T.J. Yeldon, however, failed to live up to expectations. The deal he signed in March of 2016 was a five-year, $32 million deal in which guaranteed $10 million.
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With Leonard Fournette set as the Jags No. 1 running back and Corey Grant and Yeldon being cheaper options to back him up, cutting Ivory makes a lot of sense from a salary cap standpoint. The Jags also have running backs Brandon Wilds and Tim Cook currently on the roster and all could battle for a spot on the final roster alongside the trio of Fournette, Grant and Yeldon.
Prior to joining the Jaguars, Ivory previously played for the New Orleans Saints and New York Jets. Ivory showed a lot of promise early in his career with the Saints and became a 1,000-yard rusher in 2015 with the Jets, but after signing with the Jaguars in 2016 he never became their starter and averaged less than four yards a carry in both of his seasons with the team.
Now Ivory hits free agency. He turns 30 next month, and running backs on the wrong side of 30 rarely get big money, but he’ll probably land with some team seeking veteran depth in the backfield. 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 given Ivory’s redundant playing style to Jacksonville’s young workhorse.