The Jacksonville Jaguars aren’t being shy about opening their purse strings as free agency begins to heat up.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, the Jaguars are going to land former New York Jets running back Chris Ivory when free agency officially begins on Wednesday.
Ivory would be the second major signing for the Jaguars already, joining defensive end Malik Jackson.
Ivory is coming off the most productive season of his career. He rushed for 1,070 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 games played for the Jets in 2015. His performance led to a Pro Bowl appearance for the first time in his career.
Ivory will now pair with T.J. Yeldon to form a strong backfield tandem that could take some of the offensive pressure off quarterback Blake Bortles. Ivory’s bruising style should be a good complement to Yeldon’s ability.
Yeldon had a nice season as a rookie with 740 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games.
The Jaguars offense could be fairly prolific in 2016 if everything goes according to plan. Ivory and Yeldon in the backfield with Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and Julius Thomas as pass catchers could score a lot of points this fall.
With the plan to sign Ivory in motion, the Jaguars will also release running back Toby Gerhart, per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.