FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets acquired running back Chris Ivory from the New Orleans Saints for a fourth-round draft pick on Friday night.
The Jets were rumored for weeks to be in the mix for Ivory, even after they signed versatile Mike Goodson as a free agent. New York now has Ivory, Goodson, Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight in its backfield.
"He's a very physical, violent runner," general manager John Idzik said of Ivory. "He's got size, he's got speed and runs with attitude and plays with attitude."
New Orleans traded both the pick acquired from New York (No. 106) and its own fourth-rounder (No. 109) for Miami's 82nd overall pick, which the Saints used to draft Georgia defensive tackle John Jenkins.
Ivory was undrafted out of Tiffin in 2010 after transferring there from Washington State, and wound up leading the Saints in rushing as a rookie. He recently signed the Saints' $2 million tender, which would have been a high salary for a player stuck behind Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles on the depth chart. He played in only six games last season, and rushed for 217 yards and two TDs on 40 carries.
"We feel like he's someone who is a very good running back and so we were going to be pretty diligent in regards to what we'd be willing to make a trade with," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "He's been someone that I value and I think the four was something that I think both sides felt pretty fair about."