Jets officially Sign RB Chris Ivory to 3-Year Extension
The 25-year-old Chris Ivory had been acquired by the New York Jets in a trade that sent a fourth-round pick to the New Orleans Saints during on second-day of the NFL Draft last Friday.
Before joining the New York Jets, Ivory visited the team as a restricted free agent in April. If the New York Jets had gone after Chris Ivory then, they would have ended giving up a second-round pick as compensation to the New Orleans Saints while taking on the remaining one-year, $2 million of Ivory’s contract. Instead both sides decided to work this out as a trade.
Chris Ivory rushed for 217 yards and 2 touchdowns last season as persistent injuries limited his playing time in the New Orleans Saints’ backfield that included the likes of Mike Ingram, Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas. Chris Ivory amassed 1,307 yards for eight touchdowns on 256 carries during 24 career games for the New Orleans Saints, who signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Tiffin in 2010.
The New York Jets have made additions to their backfield this offseason, after running back Shonn Greene signed as a free agent with the Tennessee Titans. The Jets signed former Oakland Raiders back Mike Goodson to a three-year deal in March. The Jets also have Joe McKnight and Bilal Powell returning in the backfield for the 2013 season.
New York also announced the signing of veteran guard Stephen Peterson on Monday. The former third round pick spent the last seven seasons with the Detroit Lions. Last season, Peterson started all 16 games blocking for quarterback Matt Stafford on the Detroit Lions’ offensive line.
Prior to joining the Detroit Lions, Stephen Peterson also played two seasons for the Dallas Cowboys, who selected him in the third-round of the 2004 NFL Draft. The nine-year veteran Stephen Peterson has started 86 of 90 games during his career with the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys.