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Chris Ivory reaches deal with Jaguars

Ivory will form a one-two punch with T.J. Yeldon in Jacksonville's backfield.

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After posting the first 1,000-yard season of his career with the New York Jets in 2015, Chris Ivory is moving on. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Jacksonville Jaguars have reached a deal with Ivory, which he is expected to sign when the league year begins on Wednesday.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the deal will be over $6 million per year. In addition to the signing, the team is expected to release Toby Gerhart.

Ivory signed a three-year, $6 million contract with the Jets after being traded to New York by the New Orleans Saints for a fourth round pick during the 2013 NFL Draft. Ivory had an impact on the field during his three seasons with the Saints when he was healthy, but injuries kept him off the field quite a bit. He missed 10 games in each of the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

His durability hasn't been an issue since being traded to the Jets. Ivory missed two games in three seasons with New York, and he was a huge part of their offense in 2015. Ivory finished the year with 1,070 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on the ground, and he added 217 yards through the air and one receiving touchdown.

Ivory's 1,070 yards weren't just the best rushing total on the Jets' roster. Ivory had more rushing yards in 2015 than any other back in the entire AFC, and he finished the season fifth in the league for total rushing yards, behind Adrian Peterson, Doug Martin, Todd Gurley and Darren McFadden.

Ivory was named to the Pro Bowl for his 2015 performance. He was also honored as the FedEx Ground Player of the Week for his Week 4 performance against the Miami Dolphins, in which he rushed for 166 yards and one touchdown, and his Week 6 game against Washington, when he put up 146 yards and one touchdown on the ground.

Ivory was one of few quality backs on the free agent market this offseason, and it's no surprise the Jaguars snatched him up. He has fewer carries over the course of his career than most 27-year-old starting running backs and has proven he can contribute at a high level.

Ivory will form a backfield tandem with T.J. Yeldon, whom the Jaugars took in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Yeldon's presence also means that the team won't have to play Ivory every down and can afford to keep him fresh -- an important factor, given his durability issues over the years.