Barring a trade, the New York Jets are stuck paying Zach Wilson for the next few seasons. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft is signed to a fully guaranteed contract that runs through the 2024 season.

Wilson signed a four-year, $35.1 million contract before his rookie season. The deal includes a $22.9 million signing bonus. Wilson's cap hit for the 2022 season is $7.98 million.

While going in and out of the lineup because of injuries and poor play, Wilson is making a $2.25 base salary in 2022. Wilson's salary increases to $3.855 million in 2023 and $5.45 million in the final year of the contract, according to Spotrac.

It remains to be seen if the Jets will move forward with Wilson as their starting quarterback in 2023. New York has an elite defense and talented playmakers that could make it a contender. Wilson's play under center, however, is the biggest reason why the Jets enter Week 16 on the outside of the playoff picture.

Mike White is making $2.54 million in 2022 and is set to become a free agent after the season. The 27-year-old took White's spot in the starting lineup and lasted three games until fractured ribs sent him back to the bench.

White has completed 62% of his passes for 952 yards, three touchdowns, two interceptions and an 85.8 passer rating. Wilson has 1,596 yards in eight games with six touchdowns and six interceptions. Wilson's 75.3 passer rating is the second-worst among quarterbacks who have made the majority of their team's starts.

Wilson's $8.78 million average annual value makes him the league's 20th most expensive quarterback. The 23-year-old is sandwiched between Joe Burrow and Trey Lance, who was drafted with the pick immediately after Wilson.

Forty-two quarterbacks are making more than White.

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Quarterback Zach Wilson #2 of the New York Jets passes the ball during the Tennessee Titans vs New York Jets game at MetLife Stadium on October 3, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Al Pereira/Getty Images