The New York Jets have been in the mix to sign free agent running back Chris Johnson since he got cut by the Tennessee Titans, but it’s hard to gauge the team’s actual interest in him. If there is interest, that means someone who has a job at the moment won’t and that guy could end up being running back Mike Goodson regardless of whether the Jets sign Johnson or not.
He’s counting $1.3 million on the cap, and they could save $720,000 by releasing him. He also has a $650,000 roster bonus written into the contract, but it was restructured in such a way that he doesn’t get the money unless he’s on the roster, injured reserve or PUP for 16 games. Bottom line: They can cut him without much fuss or muss.
Goodson has been on thin ice with the Jets for a while now and is the most expendable guy on their entire roster, not just at running back. With more the three veteran backs, the Jets will likely be cutting Goodson if he doesn’t really play lights out in camp, even if Johnson never plays a down in a Jets uniform.