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New York Jets, La’Mical Perine agree to rookie contract

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The New York Jets have signed one of their fourth-round picks, La’Mical Perine, to a rookie deal Thursday afternoon.

The New York Jets and fourth-round pick La’Mical Perine have agreed on a rookie contract, per the team’s official Twitter account.

The terms are not yet known from an official standpoint, but the New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta reports it as a four-year, $4 million deal with a 2020 cap hit of $796,000.

Perine, 22, represents the 120th pick in the 2020 NFL draft. The Florida product figures to compete for playing time in the Jets backfield immediately, alongside Le’Veon Bell and Frank Gore.

The four-year standout at Florida—who did it all on the football field—finished with 676 yards and six touchdowns on the ground to go along with 262 yards and five scores on 40 receptions for the Gators in 2019. Whether it’s braving it between the tackles, taking an outside zone, snagging a reception out of the backfield, or even looking for a tough yard in a pinch, Perine could help Sam Darnold and the Jets mightily in 2020 and beyond.

How head coach Adam Gase deploys these three backs in August and September will tell us a lot about what to expect this particular campaign—one that could see Bell’s workload decrease mightily thanks to the extra help around him.

Perine is now the fourth Jet drafted rookie to be signed (Cameron Clark, Bryce Hall and Denzel Mims). Ashtyn Davis, James Morgan, Jabari Zuniga, Braden Mann and, of course, first-round pick Mekhi Becton all remain unsigned.

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