The Patriots continue to make their way through signing their 2022 draft class. On Thursday, fourth-round pick running back Pierre Strong officially signed his rookie deal with the team, as first reported by ESPN’s Field Yates.
Strong’s contract is a standard rookie four-year deal. It will be worth up to $4.37 million dollars, and carries a $883,358 cap hit for the 2022 season.
In 2021, Strong led the FCS level with 1,686 rushing yards, while averaging 7.03 yards per carry and finding the end zone 18 times in 15 games for South Dakota State. He also caught 22 passes for 150 yards. At the combine he had one of the best workouts of all the running backs in attendance, including a positional-best 4.37 second 40 yard dash.
As a rookie with the Patriots, Strong has the chance to play in a couple of different roles on offense given the well-rounded nature of his game. With Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson returning, there aren’t as many snaps available in the early-down back role, but pass-catching back remains a need. Strong should compete to be a part of that rotation, and with James White’s status for the season uncertain, Strong could have a chance to feature in that role with a successful summer.
After getting Strong’s deal done, just three of the Patriots’ 10 draft picks remain unsigned. They are first round pick Cole Strange, second round pick Tyquan Thornton, and fourth round pick Bailey Zappe. It’s not uncommon for rookie deals to continue to get done throughout the summer – Christian Barmore didn’t sign his last year until the week before training camp.
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