Jacksonville Jaguars have announced on Friday that they have released running back Chris Ivory. The team also decided to waive rookie defensive back Jarrod Harper, rookie running back I’Tavius Mathers and wide receiver Larry Pinkard. The information was confirmed on the team’s official Twitter account.
After going undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft, Chris Ivory ended up reaching a deal with the New Orleans Saints. After three promising years with the Saints, he ended up being traded to the New York Jets in 2013. Ivory had his major breakthrough with the Jets, being selected to Pro-Bowl in 2015, after rushing for 1,070 yards. He then signed a deal with the Jaguars but under-performed in 2016. In 2017, the Jags drafted RB Leonard Fournette, who eventually took over Ivory’s place in the line-up.
We have released eighth-year RB Chris Ivory and have waived rookie DB Jarrod Harper, rookie RB I’Tavius Mathers and second-year WR Larry Pinkard. pic.twitter.com/z0DwenMuws
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) February 23, 2018
Jacksonville Jaguars also decided to reward executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin, general manager Dave Caldwell and head coach Doug Marrone for a tremendous season in which the team reached AFC Championship Game. All of them received two years contract extension, which will see them with the franchise until 2021.
“The decision to extend the contracts of Tom, Dave and Doug isn’t so much a reward for last season, which no doubt was impressive, as it is to recognize their importance to our football team this coming season and for years to follow,” – said Jags owner Shad Khan said in a statement. “We’re past celebrating the accomplishments of our division title and playoff run, and now it’s time to take the next step. We need the right leadership firmly in place to make that happen, and it’s good to know we’ll have that with Tom, Dave and Doug secure in their roles with the Jacksonville Jaguars.“