Bills agree to terms with Ivory

March 6, 2018

The Buffalo Bills have announced that the team has signed free agent running back Chris Ivory to a two-year contract.

We have agreed to terms with RB Chris Ivory on a two year deal.


— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) March 6, 2018

NFL Insider Ian Rapoport has the financial details of the deal:

The #Bills are signing RB Chris Ivory to a 2-year deal worth $5.5M base, source said. He gets $3.25M guaranteed in the first year and it can be worth $6M max.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 6, 2018

Ivory, 29, spent the last two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, running for 821 yards and four touchdowns in 25 games played. His best seasons came when with the New York Jets organization, where he spent three seasons there from 2013 to 2015. In his three years in the Meadowlands, Ivory ran for 2,724 yards, 16 touchdowns and averaged 59.2 yards per-game in 46 games.

In 2015, Ivory was selected to the Pro Bowl after a season where he ran for 1,070 yards and seven touchdowns in 15 games played, 14 of which he started for the Jets. The following offseason, he signed a three-year deal with the Jaguars, but was released by the team on February 23.

The Bills only have LeSean McCoy and Marcus Murphy under contract for the 2018 season at running back. Mike Tolbert, Taiwan Jones, and Travaris Cadet are all slated to become free agents on March 14.

Ivory may be a better option for the Bills to back up McCoy with 95 games of experience in the NFL. Tolbert came in last season as a free agent signing, but only put up 247 yards in 12 games played with one touchdowns and two fumbles. Outside of Tolbert, the rest of the running back group does not have as much experience as Ivory.

The eight-year veteran has also spent time with the New Orleans Saints organization, where he began his career after being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2010 out of Tiffin University in Division II college football.

Ivory is the second veteran free agent to sign with the Bills so far this offseason. The team inked cornerback Vontae Davis to a one-year deal a couple weeks ago. Because both players had been released, and neither player was on an expiring contract and signed after the free agency period began, neither will count against the Bills’ 2019 compensatory pick formula, something general manager Brandon Beane made note that he would be at least mindful of heading into the offseason.

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