Is New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory on the chopping block or the trading block?

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But so far this season it has mainly been a three-headed one with Cadet being activated this past Sunday for the first time and Ivory being inactive on the sidelines.

With the running game for the team at a low point Saints fans are frustrated, especially when 2011 first-round draft pick Mark Ingram is only averaging 2.8 yards in the last four games.

Fans aren’t the only one’s that are frustrated though and Ivory gave his feelings about the situation to Saints beat writer Larry Holder of and said:

“Honestly, yeah it’s frustrating.  But that’s not going to change nothing. Yeah, the situation sucks, but right now I’m still trying to be patient.”

Ivory also told Holder that the Saints have given him nothing in the form of feedback on how to see playing time either.  Interim head coach Aaron Kromer has dodged the question as to Ivory’s playing status as well when asked about it several times this past week.

This leaves the question asked earlier if Ivory is going to be released or if he could possibly be ripe for a trade.  Releasing Ivory is probably not in the cards since the Saints are snake-bit from the 2010 season where they were scrambling for running backs after numerous injuries.

A trade would be the most likely scenario but on the other hand, very unlikely at this point.  Like it was mentioned, the Saints don’t want to get caught in the situation from several seasons ago and not have a running back familiar with their system if one were to be injured.

He will be a restricted free agent next season and if the Saints don’t want him anymore, they could simply tender him an offer and wait to see if someone wants to sign him and receive a draft pick for compensation.

Regardless of all the “what if” scenarios, the here and now seems to be that unless Ivory finds a way to move up the depth chart in some way, then we’ll likely see him posted on the sideline for the rest of the season.


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  • Larry James

    New Orleans Saints must look at this picture very clear, I think Chris Ivory run harder and hit harder than Mark Ingram. Look to me the offensive side look good just need to play these running backs. They don’t need receivers they need to work on the defensive side, I don’t know who’s making the picks now in the front office I hope its the right decision. To release one of their good running backs from the offensive side.

  • James C. Morse

    …Trade Ingram, activate Ivory, enough said.

  • chad

    Ivory is so much better than Ingram that it is laughable. I honestly feel we would be undefeated with ivory, Thomas, and sproles. We are unbeatable with those backs. Ivory was one of the best backs in the entire NFL as a ROOKIE. TRADE MARK (2 yard) INGRAM and play CHRIS ( the kracken) IVORY!!!!!!!

  • pdoell

    I think it is pretty obvious why Ivory is the odd man out. Ivory is the only runningback on the team who hasn’t done well catching the ball and Brees likes to pass a lot to the runningbacks. It would be pretty clear to the other teams if Ivory was sent on to the field that they should expect a running play. There has been a lot of people that have been pretty hard on Ingram but I think he would be doing better if the offensive line would do a better job run blocking. I’m sure the coaches have seen what Ivory has been doing in practice and they obviously don’t think he would have any better success than the backs that are already on the field or he would be out there.

  • floyd

    trade ivory and ingram for an defensive head coach