I strongly believe the Saints could trade away Chris Ivory and be just fine. I will probably hear a lot of negative things about this trade scenario, but hear me out.
The Saints did not even play Ivory up until Mark Ingram suffered an injury last year. Ivory stepped in and performed well, but, honestly, did about the same exact thing Ingram had done up to that point.
Darren Sproles continued to run great for the Saints, as did Pierre Thomas, and I would have liked to see the Saints give more carries to Thomas as the year went on. Thomas showed he can be the Saints' No. 1 back and do well with the role. However, Ivory was there and took up some carries.
The difference between Ivory and the Saints' other running backs is that he's not very good catching the ball out of the backfield. When Ivory is on the field, the opposing team typically knows it's a run play. With Thomas, Sproles and Ingram, the Saints can run or pass. This is why Ivory is dispensable for the Saints.
The perfect team for Ivory would have to be the Cleveland Browns. The Browns will more than likely lose their starting running back, Peyton Hillis, this offseason and will therefore need a replacement.
Ivory has shown he deserves a chance as a starting running back and would more than likely do very well in that role. The Browns need an every-down back that can come in and help a young quarterback succeed, whether that be Colt McCoy or someone the Browns draft.
In return for Ivory, the Saints would more than likely receive an early- or mid-round draft pick. The Browns have the fourth selection in the third round and the fifth selection in the fourth round.
I believe the Saints may have to send Ivory and a late-round choice to the Browns to receive a pick in the top three rounds.
If the Saints were to trade Ivory, then they still have three solid running backs on the roster and they would be adding some more weapons by picking up another draft pick.