1. Mike White, QB, NY Jets
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.
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.