Breece Hall, the running back who the Jets selected in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft, finally signed his rookie contract after temporarily holding out from training camp amid ongoing disputes with the front office.
Hall was the team’s only draft pick that had yet to sign a contract on Tuesday, as the 21-year-old from Iowa State was negotiating guaranteed money in his deal that would serve as security in case the team decided to cut him in the years to come.
Ian Rappaport of NFL.com reported that Hall and the Jets front office agreed to terms with the running back, which will amount to 4 years for nearly $10 million.
As NBC Sports reported, safety Jalen Pitre, who was selected just before Hall, received 3 years of guaranteed from the Houston Texans.
Hall will now be under contract, and presumably report to training camp in the Florham Park section of New Jersey, as rookies report to camp this week.
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He impressed the Jets in the draft process earlier this year — running a 4.39 4-yard dash at the combine, and showing his work horse skills as a nearly-6-foot-tall rusher.
Hall’s breakout speed allowed him to become the premier rusher for Iowa in college, and he finished his time at the collegiate level with 5 touchdowns of over 75 yards. He is widely touted as a running back with terrific vision, and the physical gifts to keep him upright against hits from strong defenders.
The 21-year-old will need to work on his conditioning and footwork at the professional level, but the Jets believe he can be their go-to option on the ground.
Hall was the first running back selected in the 2022 draft, which will be a major boost for New York, which finished last year with the 6th-least rushing yards in the NFL at 1,667.
That will be a significant help to second-year signal caller Zach Wilson, who faced significant pressure from opposing defensive lines in his first season at MetLife Stadium.