Rams trade RB Zac Stacy to Jets for seventh-round pick

The St. Louis Rams traded running back Zac Stacy to the New York Jets in exchange for the 224th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Stacy requested to be released or traded after the Rams drafted Georgia’s Todd Gurley in the first round on Thursday night.

Stacy fell behind Tre Mason and Benny Cunningham on the depth chart last season, and when Gurley was added to the mix, that was enough for him to want to play elsewhere in 2015. After meeting with the Rams front office on Friday, both parties agreed that would be best.

Stacy rushed for 973 yards and seven touchdowns on 250 carries in his rookie season in 2013 but managed just 293 yards and one touchdown on 76 carries last season while making just five starts.

Stacy now joins a crowded Jets backfield which features Chris Ivory, Stevan Ridley and Bilal Powell.

Similar in skill set as a downhill chain-mover, Stacy will provide insurance in case Ridley suffers a setback in his return from ACL surgery.

The Rams selected Baylor linebacker Bryce Hager with the seventh-round pick acquired in the Stacy deal.