- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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We have our first off-the-field incident of the John Idzik era with the New York Jets. Possible starting running back Mike Goodson, who signed a three-year, $6.9 million contract with the Jets in March, was arrested on drug possession and weapons charges, New Jersey state police spokesman Stephen Jones told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Goodson was found with a friend intoxicated on Route 80 in New Jersey at 3 a.m. Friday morning. He was taken to jail and charged with marijuana possession, possession of paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a loaded handgun and possession of a hollow-point bullet.
This puts Idzik in a sticky situation. All eyes within the Jets and outside the team will be watching to see how the first-year general manager handles the first arrest under his watch.
Will Idzik lay down the law? The Jets have been a circus for a while, and player arrests certainly contribute to that image. Idzik came to New York to clean up the Jets and get the focus back on football. It’s possible that he could have zero or low tolerance for drug and alcohol-related incidents.
Or will Idzik look the other way this time with Goodson? He was one of Idzik’s first signings in free agency. Goodson has the potential to win the starting job at running back, or at least play a significant role on offense. New York doesn’t have much talent on offense to lose. Perhaps Idzik provides Goodson a second chance.
Idzik can set a tone either way with the Jets' organization after Goodson’s arrest. There are pros and cons to each decision that Idzik must consider. Also expect the NFL to look into Goodson’s case once the legal system runs its course, which might lead to a suspension to start the 2013 season.