Jets offered sixth-round pick in potential trade for Chris Ivory
Chris Ivory visited the New York Jets last week, and in days after the visit the team still remains interested in the veteran running back.
The New Orleans Saints made some aggressive moves by placing a second-round tender on Chris Ivory to ensure he remained with the team for the 2013 season. The New York Jets didn’t make an offer sheet for Chris Ivory while he was still on the market probably due to their lack of willingness to part with a second-round pick as compensation. However, now they are seeking if the New Orleans Saints will accept a late-round pick instead, in a trade offer for newly re-signed Chris Ivory.
The New Orleans Saints have crowded backfield, one where Chris Ivory doesn’t appear to have a prominent long-term future. However, it can be argued that an extra year of Chris Ivory will be more beneficial for the New Orleans Saints in the short-run, as compared to a draft pick.
Meanwhile, the New York Jets are depleted in the backfield following the signing of Shonn Greene to a three-year, $10 million deal with the Tennessee Titans last month. Plus, Chris Ivory may have a better shot at earning increased playing time while in the mix with former Oakland Raiders running back Mike Goodson, as well as third and fourth-year New York Jets running back Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight respectively. But for any of this two happen, the two teams will first have to agree on terms to a trade.
The New Orleans Saints seem to favor a third or fourth-round pick, while a fifth-round pick will be considered "meeting in the middle". The New York Jets currently offered them a sixth-round pick for Chris Ivory, But if a the New York Jets trade for cornerback Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay Buccaneers does go down following the formalities of clearing his physical, the Jets will have more flexibility in draft picks. This will allow them to bump up their offer to probably a fifth-round pick or so, to the New Orleans Saints in trade for Chris Ivory.