NY Jets CB Bryce Hall could be trade bait this summer

NY Jets, Bryce Hall
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The NY Jets revamped their cornerback room this offseason, adding two new presumptive starters in D.J. Reed and Sauce Gardner. That could leave the incumbent Bryce Hall on the outside looking in.

Hall is coming off what was, by most accounts, an excellent season for the Jets in 2021. His 64.5 Pro Football Focus coverage grade was good for 18th among all cornerbacks to play at least 80 percent of defensive snaps. He finished second behind just Marshon Lattimore with 17 forced incompletions.

Hall legitimately played like a borderline CB1 last season, but with Reed and Gardner now in the fold, it's hard to see him earning a starting job on the Jets' roster. That's why many seem to think he could be traded this summer.

ESPN's Rich Cimini supported that notion in his recent 53-man roster projection when he insisted that Hall "might generate trade interest" in the coming months. It certainly makes some sense.

The NY Jets could look to trade Bryce Hall this summer

A fifth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Hall was seen as an early Day 2 prospect coming out of college before he suffered a serious ankle injury in his final year at Virginia.

That injury caused him to fall all the way to the fifth round where the Jets grabbed him. And since entering the NFL, he's done nothing but stay healthy and defy expectations.

He did miss the first half of his rookie season as he recovered from that ankle injury, but upon his return, Hall showed signs of the player he was in college. Hall was almost immediately inserted into the starting lineup, starting seven of the Jets' final eight games.

Going into 2021, the Jets trusted Hall as their de facto top cornerback, and he didn't disappoint. He was the only player on the roster to start all 17 games, and he did so while playing at a high level.

However, the Jets clearly saw the need to upgrade their cornerback room regardless. They made D.J. Reed one of their most expensive free-agent additions before drafting Sauce Gardner with the fourth overall pick.

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The Jets believe they have 4-5 starting-caliber cornerbacks on their roster right now. It would only make sense for them to entertain trade offers this summer.

Bryce Hall seems like the most logical candidate to be included in a summer trade.