What to do with Mike Goodson?

May, 17, 2013
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New York Jets running back Mike Goodson was arrested Friday morning on drug possession and weapon charges, according to the New Jersey state police. You can read the full story here.

After signing a three-year, $6.9 million deal with the Jets in the offseason, Goodson, 25, seemed like a lock for the team's backfield. He was expected to be in the rotation alongside fellow offseason acquisition Chris Ivory and returnee Bilal Powell. Joe McKnight, who said Thursday "They're gonna have to kill me to take my spot," also figures to be in the mix. The Jets lost starter Shonn Greene to Tennessee in the offseason.

Now, as the legal process plays out and a possible suspension looms for Goodson, this could throw a wrench into the Jets' plans. Will Goodson be available, and if so, can the team count on him? It seemed McKnight may have been the odd man out, but is he suddenly going to be needed? These are questions that will needed to be answered in the upcoming months.

Goodson, a fourth-round pick of Carolina in 2009, has rushed for 722 yards and three touchdowns in his career. He's played in 40 games, including 12 with Oakland last season, when he rushed for 221 yards. He's shown some ability of being a pass-catching running back, as he hauled in 40 passes in 2010, and caught 16 passes last season. His career-high in carries is 103, which came in 2010.

QUESTION: Do you think the Jets should release Goodson before the legal process plays out? Please let us know in the comments section below.

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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