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NY Jets lose FA QB Mike White to AFC East rival

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The New York Jets will see Mike White twice a year

In the midst of Aaron Rodgers’ waiting game, the New York Jets have lost a key member of their quarterback room.

Mike White has reportedly agreed to terms with the division-rival Miami Dolphins, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The deal is worth up to $16 million over two years.

White started four games for the Jets in 2022 after taking over for Zach Wilson in Week 11. He averaged 298 passing yards per game with three touchdowns and four interceptions. White also started three games in 2021, including his Hall of Fame game against the Bengals.

White, who turns 27 later this month, will presumably serve as Tua Tagovailoa’s backup in Miami. With the latter’s spotty injury history, it feels likely that the Jets wind up facing their former QB sometime down the line.

White himself grew up in Florida and played the first two years of his collegiate career at the University of South Florida.

While he wasn’t expected to start for the Jets in 2023, White’s loss will still be felt throughout the building — he was beloved in the locker room. He also sent a powerful message to teammates this past year, fighting his way back onto the field after breaking multiple ribs.

White also provided invaluable insurance at the quarterback position. The Jets will now have to identify a veteran replacement unless they truly do mean to proceed with Wilson as the backup.

When it comes to their starting quarterback, the Jets’ options continue to dwindle as they await Rodgers’ call. Derek Carr, Jimmy Garoppolo and now Mike White are no longer options.

While he may be gone from One Jets Drive, the legend of Mike F’n White will live on in Jets fandom forever.

Ian Roddy is on Twitter @IanRoddy_

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1 year ago

I predict regret, and pain.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bird9

I agree. It was a big mistake letting him go.