The New York Jets released running back Mike Goodson on Wednesday. The Jets kicked off their mandatory mini-camp on Monday and by Wednesday afternoon, they informed Goodson that he’s no longer a Jet.
We discussed Goodson skipping mini-camp here at cover32, on Monday, prior to his release.
John Idzik signed Goodson in 2013, as one of his first free-agent acquisitions as Jets GM. Goodson received a 3-year deal, worth $6.9 Million. Legal issues, an MCL injury, and an absence in the Jets mandatory mini-camp this week — were all factors in the Jets decision to cut ties with Goodson. Idzik tried to hold onto Goodson for as long as possible, but hey — three strikes and you’re out.
There’s a little uncertainty as to why Goodson was absent from mini-camp. Players chimed in, to voice their concerns:
“That’s the scariest part,” guard Willie Colon said. “Usually, a guy will send you a text and say, ‘I’m OK.’ Not to hear anything is scary in itself. All you can do is send out prayers to him.”
“The concern is what kind of state he might be in, where he might be and things he might be doing,” wide receiverDavid Nelson said. “Guys are trying to check in on him, making sure that stuff isn’t reoccurring and taking over.”
It didn’t stop there. Rex Ryan also sounded very concerned for his (former) running back:
“There’s no question, it concerns me,” Ryan said. “I’ve tried to reach out to him but haven’t been able to make contact with him.”
Finally, Jets GM John Idzik spoke about Mike Goodson; and his decision to release the (perceived) troublesome back:
“This has kind of been building,” general manager John Idzik said. “It was an accumulation of things. These aren’t knee-jerk decisions you make. You think them through thoroughly. In Mike’s case, we gave him what we felt was a very good ground to become a Jet and become productive. In the end, it didn’t work out.”
“Suffice it to say we gave Mike ample opportunities,” Idzik said.
The Jets still have six running backs on the roster, at the moment. Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory, and Bilal Powell are all locks to make the team… or at least it appears to look that way. The three running backs that are competing for roster spots are Daryl Richardson, Alex Green, and (undrafted rookie free agent) Chad Young.
With Goodson out of the picture, Richardson and Green will likely battle for the no. 4 spot on the depth chart. The competition will extend into (and throughout) training camp.