The New York Jets made some big moves at the running back position this offseason, with the biggest one coming when they signed big-name speedster Chris Johnson to pair with the very talented- but oft-injured- Chris Ivory as the top two running backs. Mike Goodson took a paycut in order to remain with the team, but that probably won’t matter after the Jets decided to add third-year RB Daryl Richardson yesterday after the St. Louis Rams surprisingly released him (the Rams were expected to cut the more disappointing Isaiah Pead, who was on the trade blocker after the team drafted talented Auburn product Tre Mason).
Per multiple reports, the Jets have not released depth running back Alex Green yet, but the New York Daily News’s Manish Mehta tweets that the team is expected to release Goodson before the season starts.
This news shouldn’t surprise anyone, as Richardson is basically Goodson’s replacement. Although Goodson actually had more past production, Richardson is also a change-of-pace RB and is a significantly safer option. Not only is he younger, but he is less injury-prone despite also dealing with some injuries last year that caused him to have a sophomore slump. More importantly, Goodson is dealing with some major legal issues, and it’s honestly a surprise that he is still on the Jets roster at this point- only the paycut saved him from being cut sooner.