Jaguars release free agent bust Chris Ivory

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

On Friday the move became official, with the team announcing the release of the almost 30-year old running back. Now, this was always going to be the move after the Jaguars drafted Leonard Fournette with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

The 29-year-old back put up his best season with the New York Jets back in 2015, tallying almost 1,300 total yards en route to earning a Pro Bowl appearance. T.J. Yeldon rushed 49 times for 253 yards and two touchdowns this past season and Corey Grant had 30 carries for 248 yards.

Even as practically every other back has succeeded in the Jaguars' run-first offense, Ivory's averaged significantly fewer carries (114) and fewer yards per carry (3.6) than the rest of his career, let alone the 2015 season that earned him the contract.

While the future of quarterback Blake Bortles will be the hot-button issue facing the club until a decision for 2018 is made, the reigning AFC South champions released running back Chris Ivory.

The 24-year-old spent three years at Ole Miss before transferring to Middle Tennessee State. Fournette dealt with some nagging injuries on his way to finishing eighth in the league in rushing (1,040 yards, ) with nine touchdowns on the ground (tied for third in the league) over 13 games in 2017.

Pinkard had one reception for five yards in four games last season for the Jaguars.

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