Mike Goodson has officially been released by the New York Jets according to general manager John Idzik. He was released with the designation left squad.
We have released RB Mike Goodson with the designation left squad.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) June 18, 2014
Goodson was one of Idzik’s first signings after being brought on to the Jets a year ago.
Goodson was signed to a three year deal worth $6.9 million. Goodson had not been attending a voluntary off-season program and then proceeded to not show up to a mandatory full-squad training camp on Monday night. He was also missing Tuesday when the first day began. The team has officially decided to part ways.
“We feel, in good conscience, that we gave Mike Goodson ample opportunity,” Idzik said. “This is mandatory minicamp. We expect all players to be here.”
Goodson is no stranger to controversy. He was arrested last season on drug and weapon charges and was suspended for the first four regular season games by the NFL for violation of the league’s substance abuse policies.
The case has still not been resolved. Upon returning after his suspension, Goodson tore his ACL and MCL. All of these, the charges, the injury and the not showing up to a mandatory camp will greatly affect his chances of ever being signed in the future.
This proves that professional sports are actual careers. These players must work as hard as anyone to keep themselves in shape and their skills top notch. In addition to this, one must show up or risk being fired. Goodson has found this out the hard way.
No word has been released by him or his agent referencing why he chose not to attend.
Now, the Jets backfield heading into training camp next month includes Chris Ivory, Chris Johnson, Bilal Powell and Alex Green.