Kristian: Saints should trade Chris Ivory
The Saints might have an interest in trading running back Chris Ivory to the New York Jets on or before the draft on Thursday, Friday or Saturday.
"I think the Jets would like to give up a fifth round pick, and the Saints probably want a fourth rounder for him. I think this deal will happen on draft, it makes to much sense for both sides," Brian Costello of the New York Post said.
So what is the proper or right compensation for Chris Ivory? A fourth rounder? A fifth rounder? You can forget about getting a second or third round pick from the Jets.
If you get the chance to trade Chris Ivory and recoup a draft pick; you should not only do it, but do it in a hurry.
"I trade him under any circumstance, if you can get any pick for Ivory I think you make the trade," the Voice of the Saints Jim Henderson said.
Here is why I think a 4th or 5th round pick is fair compensation for Ivory: The Saints have 5 picks, and they need all the help they can get to retool the league's worst defense from a year ago. Ivory is often injured, and history says he won't be available for every game. He makes $2 million this season on a 1 year restricted free agent tender. That's a lot of money to pay for a fourth running back on the roster. If you don't trade him this year, he hits the open market as an unrestricted free agent next season, and the Saints will get nothing in return for him.
The Saints found Ivory as an unrestricted rookie free agent a few years ago and can get value for him. That's considered a win for most NFL teams. Did I mention he's always hurt? Plus, Ivory is kind of one-dimensional. Yes, he's powerful and can get you the tough yards in short down and distances, but you can find another player like him later in the draft if you so desire. They can also go back to the same place they found Ivory, as a rookie free agent. Ivory doesn't help you in the passing game either. He has just three career receptions in 24 games played. Ivory is a good player, but his value is clearly a fourth or fifth round pick. The NFL has devalued the running back position, now that it has become a "pass first" offensive oriented game.
I expect a deal to go down on day three of the draft, and in all likely hood it will be a fourth rounder in exchange. The Saints have some leverage over the Jets. New York needs running backs, and the Saints can use that to their advantage. However, the Jets can counter with, 'Yeah, but you can't afford to keep 5 running backs on the roster, one of which makes $2 million dollars this season.' Don't think for a second the Jets won't use Ivory's injury concerns as leverage as well. The fourth year running back has played in just 12 games in the last two seasons with the Saints.
If you have the chance to trade him, you do it. The compensation should be right at a fourth or fifth round pick. Please stop suggesting the Saints should trade Mark Ingram in lieu of Ivory. Ingram doesn't present value to another team. Ivory does. Ingram isn't the better player at this point, but in the Saints offense he's more valuable to them than Ivory.
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