Last season Raiders running back Latavius Murray was the AFC's second leading rusher with 1066 yards. The only AFC runner who had more yards was Chris Ivory, who had just four more yards (1070). And the Raiders would like to team them up in their backfield. They are among several teams who are inquiring today about Ivory's services.
#Raiders 1 of a bunch of teams with varying levels of interest in RB Chris Ivory. Raiders looking for power back to pair with L. Murray.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 7, 2016
Ivory was behind only Doug Martin on my Raiders Free Agent wish list for running backs. Ivory has been as dependable as they come for the Jets, missing just two games the past three seasons. Last season was the first time in his career he was given more than 200 carries (247). Allowing him to put up career highs across the board including rushing yards (1070), yards per game (71.3) rushing touchdowns (7), catches (30) and receiving yards (217).
Over his career he has averaged 4.6 yards per carry. Though he has spent six seasons in the NFL, he has low mileage which means at age 27, he is in his prime.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves. There is that 'bunch' of other teams who will want him as well. Just because the Raiders CAN outbid them, doesn't mean they WILL. Then again, if they can't land a better option, they probably SHOULD throw their weight around a bit to reel in Ivory. His addition would give them a formidable backfield pair with 2136 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns last season.
Not to mention, Ivory would be a lot less expensive than trading for DeMarco Murray who is reportedly now headed to the Titans.