You definitely are not - i am really shocked that we paid 2 backs this offseason.
I get that Ivory has some skills, but heres why I cant for the life of me understand this move.
1. Jonathon Franklin was on the board for us. A guy slotted to go in the 2nd or 3rd round and an excellent pass catcher (all time leading rusher at UCLA).
2. A 4th round RB makes about $400K, we are paying Ivory $3 million a season - that is an enormous difference.
3. We run a WCO offense predicated on RBs being able to catch - Ivory has 3 career catches.
4. We dont have a legitimate pecking order at RB now. Powell, Goodson, and Ivory are all 3-4 year veterans who have some upside but are all unproven. Bringing in a rookie would have put that player 3rd in the depth chart and let us start the year with powell and goodson sharing carries. I am all for competition, but what if Powell shows improvement again and Marty thinks he offers the most of the 3 - are we now paying a 3rd string RB over $2 million?
I really dont understand the move. There were excellent backs at a cheaper price available
Pretty good points but it's clear the FO likes Ivory because he's a known commodity: he has a career 5.1 yds/carry average and leads the league in yards after contact. Classic high risk/high reward player due to his injury history.
I know I got tired of watching Greene go down on first contact and can't wait to see us trot out someone who is really hard to bring down. I think Idzik is hoping he will be our Marshawn Lynch!