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Free agent RB Chris Ivory visiting the Browns

Is Cleveland looking for a cheap replacement for Isaiah Crowell?

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at Cleveland Browns Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, free agent running back Chris Ivory is visiting the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday:

Ivory was released by the Jaguars last week, which means is free to sign with any team in the NFL, unlike most players who will become free agents on March 14. Cleveland already had a visit from a veteran player this offseason — CB Vontae Davis last week — but he signed with the Buffalo Bills.

Ivory has averaged 4.4 YPC in his 8-year career, but was a backup in Jacksonville over the past two years. In 2017, he carried the ball 112 times for 382 yards (3.4 YPC) and 1 TD to go along with 21 catches for 175 yards and 1 TD. He was stifled when he faced the Browns back in Week 11, being held to 6 carries for 6 yards. With the Browns set to let free agent RB Isaiah Crowell sign with another team, they could be able to sign Ivory for cheaper as depth behind RB Duke Johnson.

Ivory’s previous contract with the Jaguars was a 5-year, $32 million deal, which he only saw the first two years of (equating to 2 years for $12.2 million). If his price tag is anything like that, Cleveland will stay away. But I could see them signing him for half the amount on a short-term deal.