Mike Goodson who spent several weeks away from the team following his arrest on drugs and weapons charges, returned the team today. He instantly received a four game ban from the NFL for violating its substance-abuse policy. Goodson was arrested this off-season when he was discovered incoherent and intoxicated by police in the passenger seat of a car in New Jersey.
"It was kind of embarrassing…I'm pretty disappointed in myself," admitted Goodson."
Goodson does not intend on letting his four-game suspension get in the way of a breakout season. In fact, he is using it as a way to push himself harder.
"Given four weeks to prepare for something, I think I'll be pretty explosive and ready to play…I think I'll be able to contribute a lot when I get back," noted Goodson.
Goodson was also incredibly thankful to coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik for sticking by him during his tumultuous offseason. The Jets have been feeling pressure from fans to cut Goodson, who signed a three-year, $6.9 million contract this off-season.
Ryan refused to make a statement either way on Goodson. "Every person in here has made mistakes and I know I've made plenty, and they're well-documented," said Goodson. "So for me to pass judgment on somebody, I'm just happy the young man is back with us."
No matter what, Goodson's return has signaled the end of one of the stranger Jet storylines this offseason.