The Jets reportedly re-signed Flacco to a one-year, $3.5 million deal last Tuesday allowing the veteran quarterback to return for his third year with the team.
One day later, they agreed to place an original-round tender on White, worth approximately $2.6 million. White was a restricted free agent this offseason and, barring any team unexpectedly offering him an offer sheet, he will be back with New York as well.
A position group that seemingly lacked depth heading into last summer now appears to be one of the deeper units in the NFL. The Jets have two good backups behind Wilson.
The NY Jets finally have pretty good quarterback depth
The Jets raised plenty of eyebrows last summer after opting against bringing in an experienced backup. Mike White and former fourth-round pick James Morgan were the team's primary backup quarterbacks before they added journeyman Josh Johnson in August.
Johnson never had a real shot to make the roster, however, and it was left to White and Morgan to fend for the backup job. Neither had any NFL experience prior to this past season.
White was able to win the job and, of course, exceed all expectations when his number was called. The former Dallas Cowboys fifth-round pick started three games finishing with five touchdowns and eight interceptions while completing 67 percent of his passes.
As for Flacco, he joined the Jets in an October trade that saw the team send a conditional sixth-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles. Flacco had previously been the Jets' backup in 2020 and the team had shown interest in retaining him last offseason.
The 37-year-old would make two appearances, even starting a game against the Miami Dolphins — a game in which he played well despite suffering defeat.
The Jets feel confident in their quarterback room heading into the 2022 season. They have a veteran mentor for Wilson in Flacco and a younger, higher-ceiling backup in White, who could even be flipped for a draft pick if the Jets play their cards right (and White continues to impress).
At the very least, they're in a much better situation than they were a year ago.