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Ivory’s name was mentioned in trade rumors as early as August. The Detroit Lions were the first team to be associated with Ivory on the rumor mill, but they went with Kevin Smith in Mikel Leshoure’s absence earlier this season and appear to be out of the market for running backs.
The Saints have depth at tailback, including Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas and 2011 first-round draft selection Mark Ingram.
Undrafted rookie Travaris Cadet excelled in the preseason. New Orleans subsequently retained him on its 53-man roster, keeping the versatile back away from the rest of the league.
Ivory has some regular-season success to his credit: The third-year back boasts a 5.0 career average yards per carry on 216 attempts.
Ivory’s status as an odd man out led to speculation that he may be a fit with the Arizona Cardinals.
Arizona is down to its third- and fourth-string running backs, William Powell and LaRod Stephens-Howling, after losing Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams to injury.
It would be a realistic pursuit for the Cardinals to go after Ivory, but his success in Arizona would be limited by a poor offensive line and a passing game that currently ranks 26th in passing yards per game.
He could be a good fit lining up behind Andrew Luck with the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts are also working through an injury to Donald Brown at the running back position.
Second-string RB rookie Vick Ballard has averaged 3.1 yards per carry in 2012.