The New York Jets have high hopes for running back Breece Hall after selecting him early in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
After all, the former Iowa State standout was an All-American in 2020 and 2021.
He was also a two-time First-Team All-Big 12 and two-time Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year.
The Jets could certainly benefit from him, especially if he brings his college game to the pros.
However, there was a possibility of him holding out before training camp because he hasn’t signed his rookie contract.
Jets fans could have a sigh of relief after an important update from NFL Network national insider Ian Rapoport.
#Jets second-round RB Breece Hall, who has been in the building all morning, is expected to sign his four-year rookie contract in time for rookies to report today, source said. Their last pick to sign.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 19, 2022
Rapoport tweeted, “#Jets second-round RB Breece Hall, who has been in the building all morning, is expected to sign his four-year rookie contract in time for rookies to report today, source said. Their last pick to sign.”
It was initially reported that he might miss the first days of training camp because he hasn’t affixed his signature on the dotted line.
But now that he has agreed to terms, he can focus on helping the Jets win.
Jets insider Rich Cimini shared all the details of the new deal.
The Jets have signed second-round pick Breece Hall, the team announced. It’s a four-year, $9.0M contract for the former Iowa State RB. It includes a $3.7M signing bonus. #Jets have all their draft picks under contract with rookies reporting today.
Back to vacation. 🏖
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) July 19, 2022
What Caused The Delay Of Hall’s Signing?
It’s possible that the two sides did not agree on the guaranteed years initially.
While the league has its way of determining the total contract value based on draft position, the guaranteed years may vary.
Typically, the early second-round picks could get three or four years guaranteed.
However, Jalen Pitre was drafted after Hall and got three years guaranteed from the Houston Texans.
That contract created confusion between the Jets and Hall’s camp.
The team might have initially wanted a three-year deal but Hall wanted the guarantee of a fourth year.
It’s the same reason why Christian Watson (Green Bay Packers), Roger McCreary (Tennessee Titans), and Logan Hall (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) haven’t signed as well.