for the second consecutive season, Mike White He spent most of the year as a PlanesNumber three quarterback, but when he was called to start in the middle of the year, he made a positive impact. White’s performance against the Chicago Bears revitalized a struggling Jets offense and put their postseason chase back on track. However, this would be the last win of the season as White only lasted two more games before getting hurt and then struggling in his comeback.
The general consensus on White is that he has proven to be someone who can fill a void if there is an emergency but is not widely seen as a viable long-term starting option at this point in his career. And White’s contract expires with the Jets, who will look for a fresh start during the season but must also consider a backup role.
So, should the Jets bring back Wyatt?
Why should White come back?
The Jets have the inside track in any negotiations with White and could lock him up before he hits the open market. Earlier this week, it was reported that there was a mutual interest between the player and the team in his return.
White is very popular with his teammates, even more so than the starter Zack Wilson It was. Getting back into a group with players he has a good relationship with and some chemistry on the field should be a positive thing for the changing room and in practice.
Unlike some former starters who might be targeted for a backup role, White is realistic about his standing in the NFL and would accept a backup role if that were his destiny. He should be a good mentor to any young midfielder they bring in and will help seasoned rookies adapt, rather than get exasperated that he’s not getting any playing opportunities.
Why shouldn’t White come back?
One factor that may prevent White’s return is the cost of bringing him back. If the Jets are going to put up a player behind a senior back, in addition to meeting other needs in free agency, there may not be enough money to offer even a reasonable backup deal for a player like White. This is especially true if they intend to keep Wilson as suggested by the team. Wilson is set to earn $20 million over the next two years, and there should be a limit to how much the Jets can invest in one position, especially on players who may not contribute much during the season.
Another factor is the recent changes made to the offensive coaching staff. If the Jets bring in a trainer running a different system, part of the key advantage of bringing Wyatt back over someone else is lost. Conversely, if they bring in someone who is going to run the same system, that should give White an advantage over some of the other potential candidates for backup.
While he generally played well when given the chance, White’s limitations are apparent. It is not very mobile, does not travel well and has some durability issues. All of these factors limit his progression and can make him less attractive than a backup midfielder with more development potential with which you can create a more dynamic attack.
The last reason he didn’t return is because he might be required by some other team. Again, this is unlikely to be a potential head start, but anyone looking for a viable, affordable backup option can play their part and put the Jets’ price off the market.
After making his first starts in 2022, White has been given a chance to establish himself as a viable starting option for 2023 and beyond. Unfortunately, he failed to do so as he struggled to stay on the court and did not play well in his return from injury.
If he stays healthy and plays well, the Jets will be in the playoffs right now and White will have a chance to be first-team in 2023, or on demand from other teams looking for a potential starting option. However, its limited upside and concerns about its durability make it a rather affordable backup option.
Whether or not the Jets are the team to sign him likely depends on who they bring in as their starter in 2023. They may decide to wait until this situation is resolved before dealing with White’s.