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Chris Ivory isn't close to leaving New Orleans Saints

Whether or not Chris Ivory winds up on the New York Jets (and we have our doubts), the New Orleans Saints would like nothing more than a bidding war to erupt over their fourth-string running back.

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Saints general manager Mickey Loomis confirmed to reporters Tuesday that he's spoken with teams about shopping Ivory before or during the 2013 NFL Draft, according to Larry Holder of The Times-Picayune. Loomis stressed that trade conversations have taken place with teams other than the Jets, but acknowledged that no deal was imminent.

Chalk it up to Loomis and the Saints attempting to drive up the price. A collection of Jets beat writers believe New York is willing to part ways with a fifth-round pick for Ivory. That deal makes plenty of sense for Gang Green, but as Around The League's Gregg Rosenthal pointed out, what's in it for the Saints?

Ivory is part of a crowded backfield in New Orleans, but the Saints could wait until another team truly is desperate before they part ways. Perhaps the Jets already have given off that scent.

Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @MarcSesslerNFL.

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