Free Agency

4 pending NY Jets free agents who have earned a new contract

NY Jets, Folorunso Fatukasi
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NY Jets, Mike White
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1. Mike White, QB, NY Jets

A few weeks ago, Mike White would not have been on this list, let alone at the top. But since then, the Jets have been treated to the rise and fall of Mike White mania.

White stepped in for an injured Zach Wilson and put together a historic performance — one worthy of an exhibit in Canton. Unfortunately, a disastrous four-interception performance against the Buffalo Bills has brought his run as the team's starting quarterback to a screeching halt.

But White proved that he's a more-than-capable NFL quarterback. And he's absolutely someone the Jets should try to keep around in the offseason.

Unlike the other three players on this list, White is set to be a restricted free agent in the offseason, meaning the Jets should be able to bring him back without too much trouble.

But that doesn't mean it's a guarantee, though.

White might command some significant interest given his success in limited action this season. Would a second-round tender be enough to dissuade other teams from making him an offer?

The second-round tender price for 2022 is projected to be roughly $3,384,000, per OverTheCap. If a team was willing to make an offer to White and they signed him, they would have to forfeit their second-round pick.

The Jets could play it extra safe and give White a first-round tender, although that projected price could be as high as $4,766,000.

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It'll be interesting to see how the Jets handle White's impending free agency, but it's hard to argue that he doesn't deserve a new contract given what he's accomplished this season.

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