NFL rumors: Mike White open to a New York Jets return… or Miami Dolphins gig
Mike White might be one of the most beloved players in the New York Jets locker room, but he will have other suitors in his NFL free agency. The former Western Kentucky star has had his moments over the last two years with Gang Green. While he is open to returning to the Jets, he did mention that he would be down with joining their AFC East rival Miami Dolphins in a backup role of sorts.
White appeared on The Joe Rose Show in Miami discussing his offseason plans and such.
"“I would love to be back with the Jets. Like I said, the locker room’s fantastic, I talk to all those guys everyday. I don’t know, we have to see. Things in this league change so fast and situations are so fluid, and who knows what’s gonna happen when. … I know how the NFL works and I’m never gonna take anything too personal, but, I really like (the Jets) coaching staff, I really like that locker room, and I would love to be back.”"
No doubt about it, the Jets have a good thing going these days. Joe Douglas has built one helluva roster and the players are buying into what Robert Saleh is preaching. White may have a ceiling as an NFL starting quarterback, but his teammates play hard for him and he is not afraid of the big moment. Should he return to the Jets, it would not be shocking if Gang Green makes the playoffs.
He may have appeared on the radio in Miami, but there are reasons for him to have Dolphins interest.
"“Oh, hundred percent. Selfishly, from a personal standpoint, obviously growing up down there, I’d love to go home. But from a football standpoint, it’s a very talented offense, really good, young group of guys. You can tell they’re starting to build something special down there. I would love to be a part of it.”"
White did initially play at South Florida in Tampa. Being able to back up Tua Tagovailoa makes sense, as he is seemingly one concussion away from retiring and is very injury prone. Not only that, but Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel stems from the same Kyle Shanahan coaching tree as Saleh. So no, it would not be shocking to see White go to Miami for a one-year backup role.
Either way, it probably makes the most sense for White to go to a system he knows all too well.