Assuming the Saints' goal is to reach and win the Super Bowl, I almost voted that I didn't want to trade him at all. The guy is a beast with the ball and can make a defense look like a bunch of high schoolers at times. I really
don't want him going anywhere else.
However, I understand that he has trade value, the Saints have depth at the position and a trade could bring a pick and cap relief, which in theory could provide an oppotunity to shore up another area of the team.
That said, the Saints don't have
to do anything immediately. While it would be preferred to gain a draft pick prior to the unpcoming draft, the offer(s) for Ivory may not be good enough to part with him now. IMHO, any offer less than a third round pick should be turned down. I'd rather have Ivory available to the Saints offense this year and lose him for nothing next offseason than to accept a fourth round pick or less. In my view, his value to this team this year is more than the value of a potential depth player at another position. If they are offered a 2nd (not likely) or a third, then OK, make the deal. Otherwise, keep him. If another team loses their top runner during training camp or before the trade deadline, there could be another opportunity to move him for value.
I understand the arguments about what other RBs have brought in trade, Ivory's injury history, the "losing him for nothing" scenario and all of the other arguments for unloading him for "whatever we can get." I just don't find those arguments as having as much weight as the leverage the team has. The Saints don't have to trade him and in the face of an offer for less than the value of keeping him, IMO they should resist the urge to move him for less than a third round pick.