The NFL world said their goodbyes to Tom Brady this past week when the future Hall of Famer reportedly retired (unofficially, at least) after over two decades of dominance.
Assuming Brady doesn't pull some type of "Wolf of Wall Street" stunt, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be looking for a replacement. Could that replacement come in the form of NY Jets quarterback Mike White?
While it sounds silly, that's exactly the scenario that was proposed by ESPN's Bill Barnwell who listed White as one of a few feasible quarterbacks the Buccaneers could target to replace Brady.
Along with White, Barnwell identified Carson Wentz, Jared Goff, and Drew Lock as trade targets while pointing out players like Jameis Winston as options in free agency. But White's inclusion might have been the most interesting of them all.
Would the Bucs really trade for NY Jets QB Mike White?
It's hard to say what White's trade value is and how the NFL actually views him giving the small sample size we've seen. White was legitimately electric in the team's stunning 34-31 victory over the Super Bowl-bound Cincinnati Bengals.
The Western Kentucky product finished the game 37-of-45 throwing for 405 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. It was one of the best performances by a Jets quarterback in years and it even got him enshrined in Canton.
The fun was short-lived, however, as, after returning from injury in Week 10, White came crashing back down to earth throwing four interceptions against the Buffalo Bills' No. 1 ranked defense before being benched the following week.
White proved that he can play and that he's, at the very least, a quality NFL backup. He's a restricted free agent in the offseason, but the Jets will surely look to bring him back. The only question remains what tender they'll place on him.
Would the Buccaneers really consider trading for a player as unproven as White, eyeing him as Brady's replacement? It's hard to imagine that happens.
The only scenario I could see would be if all other options failed and the Bucs still wanted someone to come in and compete with 2021 second-round pick Kyle Trask. Perhaps White could be a feasible target in that case.
It would be quite the story to see one Hall of Famer replace a future Hall of Famer, but don't expect this one to happen.