The Jets announced on Wednesday that they have released RB Mike Goodson with the “left team” designation.
GM John Idzik said the Jets gave Goodson “ample opportunity” (Martin, June 18).
Goodson had been a no-show during Jets Minicamp, and head coach Rex Ryan said Tuesday that the situation would be dealt with.
In addition to not being present at the team’s mandatory minicamp, Goodson also failed to show up for any of the Jets’ OTA’s.
While Goodson was rehabbing an injury and dealing with legal issues, his absence was unexplained.
Goodson’s agent offered no excuses, saying that his client needed to learn to communicate better.
Goodson was suspended for the first four weeks of last season after being arrested on drug and weapon charges, returned in Week Five, and suffered a season-ending injury to his knee in Week Six.
With Goodson now off the roster, the Jets will likely turn to some combination of Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory, and Bilal Powell at RB.
Bent, TheJetsBlog.comThis, mercifully, closes the book on a disappointing chapter. Goodson, the first free agent signing of the John Idzik regime, never got a chance to show the abilities that earned him a three-year deal (aside from some brief flashes in the Falcons game). The Jets do have decent depth at the running back position, but I would expect them to sign another running back to take his place on the roster. From what we hear, they’ve been in contact with a few possibilities.
I would imagine that they have released him with a “left squad” designation to ensure they won’t be on the hook for an injury settlement. Goodson is unlikely to be anywhere near 100% right now, so they might otherwise have ended up liable for some or all of his salary. While he remained under contract, there was a slim possibility that they could have recovered some or all of his signing bonus if he was convicted of a crime for his part in the 2013 incident. However, with only around $1m at stake and no immediate resolution in sight, the Jets have presumably given up on this.