One of the stalwarts of the New York Jets' offense won't be returning to the team in 2016.
Running back Chris Ivory, who racked up more than 1,000 yards last season, will sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars after NFL free agency opens on Wednesday, a source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.
In addition, the Jaguars are planning to release Toby Gerhart on Wednesday, a source told Rapoport.
Ivory reportedly got approximately $6 million a year which is quite surprising considering the team's other needs, the presence of T.J. Yeldon and the fact that Ivory is mainly a two-down player. The signing is obviously bad news for Yeldon's stock, which is dependent on expected volume. Ivory is a pretty good runner and it's conceivable that the duo will form a timeshare in 2016.
Coach Gus Bradley, however, is hopeful that Robinson will be on the field against the Saints.
"We’ll wait and see what happens," Bradley said. "Everything that I have been told is more positive, more arrow up, but we’ll wait and see until we find the information."
Robinson was more involved in the passing game this past week and had 74 yards of total offense against the Falcons, but he dropped a handoff and fumbled another carry. It doesn't sound like Yeldon will be back. It's a nice matchup against the Saints in Week 16.
Coach Gus Bradley says Yeldon ''got his knee got bent a little bit'' against the Colts and was unable to return to the game. Bradley says general manager Dave Caldwell is considering bringing in another running back since Jacksonville already has Toby Gerhart, Bernard Pierce and Corey Grant on injured reserve.
To make matters worse, the story said Yeldon is also dealing with a sprained right ankle and a groin injury. Denard Robinson would start if Yeldon can't play against the Falcons.
Dec 05, 2015 · 3:11 PM EST
The Jaguars moved to bolster their wide receiver depth Saturday.
At the same time, they also placed veteran running back Toby Gerhart on the injured reserve list, ending his second season with the team.
Gerhart, who dealt with a groin injury much of this season, was replaced on the active roster by wide receiver Rashad Lawrence, who spent much of this season on the team’s practice squad.
Gerhart, who signed with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent in the 2014 offseason, rushed for 326 yards and two touchdowns on 101 carries last season, then played mostly special teams and short yardage this season.