Houston Texans: 4 free agent running backs 25 or older to be interested in
3. Chris Ivory (31 years old)
The veteran running back Chris Ivory could be signed by the Houston Texans as sort of an insurance policy for not only being a veteran running back, but also because he’s been very dependable to be ready to play the past few seasons too.
Ivory played in 13 games last season with the Buffalo Bills, and in 2017 with the Jacksonville Jaguars, he played in 14 games.
Though Ivory won’t light up fantasy stats or the end zone as an every-down running back, he does bring a sense of professionalism and being available when called upon.
In 2018 with Buffalo, Ivory had 115 attempts for 385 yards rushing, averaging 3.3 yards per carry and one touchdown. Twenty-five of his carries went for a first down, so Ivory could be a solid third down running back for the short-yardage carries if they Texans wanted to go that route with a veteran running back.
Ivory has 5,237 yards rushing since entering the NFL in 2010, and once he even rushed for over 1,000 yards back in 2015 as a member of the New York Jets. That was a season where he played in 15 games, rushing for 1,070 yards and seven touchdowns.
This isn’t saying Ivory would be the face of the Texans running back depth chart by any means, but if the franchise would want another solid running back with lots of NFL experience, they could do a lot worse than signing Ivory to a one-year contract.