New Orleans Saints: What to Do with Chris Ivory?

Jason BernosContributor IIOctober 9, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 25:   Chris Ivory #29 of the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on August 25, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Something happened this past Sunday that hadn't happened all season: Chris Ivory was active.

The bad news was that he still hadn't gotten his first carry of the year. And not only did he not get a touch in the game, he didn't even see the field unless it was from the sidelines.

Something's got to give with the New Orleans' five-deep running back corp. Especially when they only use three of them, at the most, throughout games. 

What to do?

I understand this team has had a terrible history with injuries to their running backs, but come on. This is getting a little ridiculous, especially when you factor in that this Saints team could use help elsewhere.

Yes, in 2010 the Saints went through so many running backs that they actually had to count on Deshawn Wynn and Julius Jones down that last stretch, but, man, a lot of other teams are riding a flat-line when it comes to their running back depth.

That gives the Saints leverage. Now, it's not enough to warrant anything higher than maybe a fourth-round pick, but getting that for an undrafted free agent who is contributing zero to their team is better than nothing.

Arizona, Cincinnati and even Green Bay come to mind as teams who have lost starting running backs or backups and could use a healthy, productive back as soon as possible.

And that is what Ivory is:productive.

He gets the short end of the stick in that group, but he has a career average of five yards per carry. Another impressive stat is that he has started only 10 games in his brief career, but has scored six touchdowns. 

He just can't seem to stay healthy, but this year he has managed to stay injury-free. He just can't seem to get on the field with the backs ahead of him, who are usually injured off-and-on, but have stayed healthy and productive whenever they are used.

Ryan Williams, Beanie Wells, Bernard Scott and Cedric Benson are all gone for a significant amount of time, and the "starters" that are in place can not be relied upon to carry the load. Yeah, that means you, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, with your paltry three yards a carry.

This is the exact reason that I suspect that the Saints kept Ivory around: to take advantage of a running-back-needy team as the season goes along.

So, how about you just capitalize on the situation that has fallen in your lap, Saints' front office, and trade the man and let him restart his career?

At least, that's what I'd do with Mr. Ivory.