The New Orleans Saints placed a premium on running back Chris Ivory as they issued the restricted free agent a second-round tender, according to a source. According to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Saints have tendered restricted free-agent running back Chris Ivory at the second-round level. By giving Ivory a one-year contract offer, the Saints retain their right to match an offer sheet to him. The second-round tender consists of a one-year, $2.023 million offer. Ivory tallied 217 rushing yards last season and two touchdowns while only receiving 40 carries in a crowded backfield also containing Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas. The Saints have one of the NFL’s deepest backfields, and they have moved to keep their strong depth intact. His age and relative lack of work are assets in a game tough on its running backs.