Report: Ivory visited with the Bills on Monday

February 27, 2018

On the same day the Buffalo Bills filled a need at cornerback with the signing of Vontae Davis, the team was looking to fill another need at the running back position.

According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the Bills hosted free agent running back Chris Ivory for a visit on Monday at One Bills Drive in Orchard Park.

Back in the AFC East? Free agent RB Chris Ivory spent all day yesterday visiting with the #Bills, source says. Released days ago by the #Jaguars, the former #Jets star has considerable interest and will take a few visits.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 27, 2018

Ivory, 29, spent the last two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, running for 821 yards and four touchdowns in 25 games played. His best seasons came when with the New York Jets organization, where he spent three seasons there from 2013 to 2015. In his three years in the Meadowlands, Ivory ran for 2,724 yards, 16 touchdowns and averaged 59.2 yards per-game in 46 games.

In 2015, Ivory was selected to the Pro Bowl after a season where he ran for 1,070 yards and seven touchdowns in 15 games played, 14 of which he started for the Jets. The following offseason, he signed a three-year deal with the Jaguars, but was released by the team just four days ago.

However, the Bills appear to be the first stop on his free agent tour as Rapoport reports that Ivory is visiting with the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday.

Former #Jaguars RB Chris Ivory is visiting the #Browns today, source said. He was with the #Bills yesterday and has a visit tomorrow, too. Cleveland could lose RB Isaiah Crowell to free agency.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 27, 2018

The Bills only have LeSean McCoy and Marcus Murphy under contract for the 2018 season at running back. Mike Tolbert, Taiwan Jones, and Travaris Cadet are all slated to become free agents on March 14.

Ivory may be a better option for the Bills to back up McCoy with 95 games of experience in the NFL. Tolbert came in last season as a free agent signing, but only put up 247 yards in 12 games played with one touchdowns and two fumbles. Outside of Tolbert, the rest of the running back group does not have as much experience as Ivory.

The eight-year veteran has also spent time with the New Orleans Saints organization, where he began his career after being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2010 out of Tiffin University in Division II college football.