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Chris Ivory: Jacksonville Jaguars cut veteran RB

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Alex Butler
Jacksonville Jaguars' Chris Ivory (L) is tackled by Arizona Cardinals' Josh Pynes after a short gain in the second quarter on November 26 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. File photo by Art Foxall/UPI
Jacksonville Jaguars' Chris Ivory (L) is tackled by Arizona Cardinals' Josh Pynes after a short gain in the second quarter on November 26 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. File photo by Art Foxall/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 23 (UPI) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars are moving on from veteran running back Chris Ivory.

Jacksonville released Ivory on Friday afternoon.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars also waived rookie defensive back Jarrod Harper, rookie running back I'Tavius Mathers and second-year wide receiver Larry Pinkard.

Ivory, 29, began his eight-year NFL tenure in 2010 with the New Orleans Saints. He was traded to the New York Jets in 2013 for a fourth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

In his third season with the Jets, Ivory ran for a career-high 1,070 yards and seven touchdowns, making his lone Pro Bowl. Ivory signed a five-year, $32 million contract with the Jaguars before the 2016 season. He averaged just 3.6 yards per carry in two seasons with the franchise.

Ivory ran for 382 yards and a score on 112 carries last season, backing up Jaguars rookie workhorse Leonard Fournette. He made three starts in 2017 for the AFC South champions.

The Jaguars cleared more than $3.5 million in cap space by releasing the veteran running back. Jacksonville now has T.J. Yeldon on its depth chart as Fournette's top backup.

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