Yahoo New York Jets running back Mike Goodson was arrested on drug and weapons charges early on Friday morning, reports News 12 in New Jersey. According to the report, Goodson and another man, identified as Garrett Evans, were found intoxicated in a parked SUV along Route 80 in Denville, New Jersey, which is about 15 miles northwest of the Jets’ headquarters in Florham Park. A loaded .45-caliber handgun was found in the SUV and when the 25-year-old running back was transported to a hospital for evaluation, marijuana was discovered in his possession. Both Goodson and Evans were released from the hospital and into the custody of State Police who transported the two men to the unit’s Netcong’s barracks. Mike Garafolo of the USA Today reports that Goodson was the passenger in the vehicle and that Evans has been charged with a DUI. Goodson played his college ball at Texas A&M and was selected in the fourth-round of the 2009 NFL draft by the Carolina Panthers. Goodson spent three seasons with the Panthers before he was traded to the Oakland Raiders last offseason. In 40 career games, Goodson has rushed for 722 yards and three touchdowns with 59 receptions for 524 yards and one touchdown as a receiver out of the backfield. The Jets signed Goodson to a three-year, $6 million contract on March 15 to compete for a starting job this season. Goodson’s deal with the Jets included a $1 million signing bonus, which was the only portion of the contract that was guaranteed.
The New York Jets cannot avoid controversy or catch a break. The good news is, after trading for Chris Ivory during the NFL Draft, keeping Goodson on the roster is not a necessity. The Jets could release Goodson and go into the season with Ivory, Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight as their top three backs and save a few bucks in the process. If they hang onto Goodson, he will likely face disciplinary action from the league, and when you are the laughingstock of the NFL you may as well save face and cut this scumbag loose now.