They always say when it rains, it pours. Much is the case for running back Mike Goodson these days. First the New York Jets signed RB Chris Johnson via free agency to solidify their prime intentions to establish another ground-and-pound rushing attack. Don’t forget that last year, RB Chris Ivory had a very productive season, as did RB Bilal Powell. What exactly happens now with Goodson since he’s looking more and more like he’s being phased out? Expect a release before training camp begins.
Goodson has had too many off-the-field distractions that has led to his ultimate disappearing act. He was suspended four games by the NFL for violating its substance-abuse policies. Once Goodson was cleared to return from suspension, he suffered a season-ending knee injury after playing only his second game of the season with the Jets. The latest now is Goodson still has to appear before a judge in late May due to a weapons possession case he was arrested for around the same time last year.
While general manager John Idzik believes Goodson will still be around as an option for this upcoming season, the truth of the matter is, he’s been proven unreliable. The Jets are in a “win-now” mentality since last year they ended at 8-8 and want to improve the right way this year. With another season going down in the books with no playoff berth, the Jets don’t have time to determine if Goodson will be around for the long-term.
It’s in the best interest of the Jets to cut ways with him now since no one really knows what will happen at his court case later this month. Even though Goodson is under contract until 2015, if this court case turns out to be more serious than what it sounds, especially with jail time, expect to see him cut almost immediately. There is no room on the team for his antics since it interferes with what is most important to the Jets — winning now.