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Goodson’s first hearing conflicts with Jets’ minicamp

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Jets running back Mike Goodson faces gun and drug charges that could, under the weapons portion of the case, put him behind bars for a mandatory minimum sentence of three years.

For the Jets, the challenge becomes what to do with Goodson while the court process plays itself out.

On Monday, owner Woody Johnson tiptoed around the crux of the problem.  If they cut Goodson now, he walks away with a $1 million signing bonus that can’t be recovered.  They can get some of the money back, and in turn can obtain cap relief, only if they let the process play out.

The key date in the process comes on June 12, when Goodson will have a pre-trial hearing.  As pointed out by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, that falls in the middle of the team’s mandatory minicamp.  If Goodson misses practice to attend the hearing, the Jets could penalize Goodson, at a minimum with a fine.

The problem for the Jets would be the plain language of Article 4, Section 9 of the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement.  While the revised terms expand the situations in which all or a portion of a player’s signing bonus can be recovered, the provision makes no reference to partial reimbursement arising from a missed mandatory minicamp practice.  Instead, the forfeiture process begins in training camp, and applies more forcefully in the regular season.

But the Jets can’t recover money from Goodson unless he’s still on the roster.  That’s why the Falcons never released Mike Vick after he was incarcerated for dogfighting in 2007; to recover bonus money paid to Vick (and to get the cap credit that goes along with it), the Falcons had to hold their nose and refrain from cutting Vick.

For the Jets, the far better approach to the Goodson conundrum would be to stop channeling Clark Kent and explain in blunt, candid terms that there’s only one way to make a player answer financially for off-field misconduct — by keeping him on the roster while the legal process unfolds.

Of course, that kind of candor could open the Jets up to criticism that they’re more concerned about money than doing the right thing.  But if the plan will be to keep Goodson around in order to eventually recover money from him, why not remove the confusion regarding the reason for not cutting him loose?

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12 Responses to “Goodson’s first hearing conflicts with Jets’ minicamp”
  1. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: May 21, 2013 10:34 AM

    Stop showing pics of him in Raiders gear! Can’t you find any photos of him in Jest gear?

  2. whatnojets says: May 21, 2013 10:44 AM

    Just cut the guy and move on

  3. larry321 says: May 21, 2013 10:45 AM

    Can’t we at least get an anonymous quote from an nfl scout trashing the jets about their lack of candor?

  4. adobot says: May 21, 2013 11:02 AM

    you know its bad when raider fans are trying to clown the jets..if the jets are a circus, the raiders are yhr sideshow

  5. pftfan says: May 21, 2013 11:10 AM

    Anonymous Opposing NFL Scout: “The Jets are the only team in the NFL to make a poor personnel decision.”

  6. areyoudue says: May 21, 2013 11:18 AM

    Once again you couldn’t resist. The article was very fair and unbiased reporting until you felt compelled to add your two cents in the last two paragraphs. Yet another Mike Snorio production…

  7. mr9teen says: May 21, 2013 11:32 AM

    I think it doesn’t matter about right or wrong right now. Cutting him because he got arrested would be wrong until we find out what the whole situation. According to the press release by the NJ State Police, he was a drunken passenger in the car. Also he was not the driver. No one has yet to point that out. Was the car his? Were the drugs and guns his? All these things will have to play itself out in the pretrial hearing. If it is proven that it was not his drugs or guns then cutting him will prove nothing plus keeps the Jets on the hook for the signing bonus plus the expected cap relief. They are doing the prudent thing by not cutting right now. Who knows he might be innocent. There is no law for how drunk you can be as a passenger.

  8. vaster says: May 21, 2013 12:31 PM

    Florio, why don’t you just admit that any kind of Jets news gets your site more page views than any other team.

    While your at it, why don’t you admit that you can’t throw a football more than 20 yards.

  9. doe22us says: May 21, 2013 2:46 PM

    mr9teen says:
    May 21, 2013 11:32 AM
    I think it doesn’t matter about right or wrong right now. Cutting him because he got arrested would be wrong until we find out what the whole situation. According to the press release by the NJ State Police, he was a drunken passenger in the car. Also he was not the driver. No one has yet to point that out. Was the car his? Were the drugs and guns his?

    Apologist, next time try getting pulled over with drugs, guns etc and see how quickkly your employee will get rid of you. Try it for good measure and lets see due process run its course, but of course you won, i am assuming you are smarter than that.

  10. blspears says: May 21, 2013 4:12 PM

    A guy should not get a 3 year mandatory minimum sentence for merely possessing a fire arm when we clearly have the 2nd amendment. NY sucks.

  11. jetsjetsjetsnow says: May 21, 2013 7:16 PM

    Depending how the court hearing plays out of course & what the Jets decide to do either before or after that point, the only right thing to do strategy wise would be whatever is in the best interest of the Jets regardless of ‘how it looks’.

  12. steelerben says: May 22, 2013 9:47 AM

    Here’s the way it all shakes out:

    1. The Jets cut him for the purposes of appearance, have to swallow the cap hit, Goodson proves that he was not competent by way of intoxication and is cleared of all charges, goes to another team and runs for 1800 yards, and the media flays the front office.

    2. The Jets keep him to allow due process, he is convicted, Jets keep him on the roster to recover the bonus money and the media flays the front office.

    3. The Jets keep him on the roster to let the court case play out, he is acquitted on all charges, he comes in to play and is totally ineffective, and the media flays the front office.

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