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RB Goodson posts $50K bail after Friday-morning arrest

New York Jets running back Mike Goodson was

New York Jets running back Mike Goodson was taken into custody early this morning for drug possession and weapons charges, News 12 New Jersey confirmed Friday. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

Running back Mike Goodson posted $50,000 bail and was released from the Morris County Correctional Facility Friday night, following an early-morning arrest in Denville, New Jersey. 

Goodson -- a former Oakland Raider and Carolina Panther, who the Jets signed to a free-agent deal in March -- was charged with drug and weapons possession, according to New Jersey state police spokesman Brian Polite.

Goodson, 25, was in the passenger seat of a gray GMC Yukon that was stopped in the center-left lane on Interstate 80 in Denville, N.J., shortly after 3 a.m, according to the state police press release. Also in the vehicle was the driver, Garant Evans, 31, of Roselle, N.J.

State troopers, responding to a 911 call made by a tow-truck driver at the scene, noticed a "strong odor" of marijuana coming from the vehicle, police said. Troopers also found a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun -- loaded with hollow-point bullets -- inside the SUV, police said. Both Goodson and Evans denied owning the gun.

Evans was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. Goodson, who was born in Irvington, N.J., was found with "a small amount'' of marijuana on his person before being taken to a local hospital for evaluation, police said. Upon his release, Goodson was booked at Netcong State Police barracks.

Both men were charged with possession of marijuana (under 50 grams), possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a loaded handgun and possession of hollow-point ammunition. Evans also was charged with possession of a weapon by persons prohibited because of a prior felony conviction. Bail for Goodson was set at $50,000. Evans' bail was set at $150,000.

A corrections official would not say who posted Goodson's bail.

The Jets signed Goodson to a three-year, $6.9-million free-agent deal in March, and he had been expected to compete for playing time with Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight. Goodson rushed for 221 yards on 35 carries and caught 16 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown for the Oakland Raiders in 2012.

"This is a pending legal matter," a Jets team spokesman said. "There will be no further comment until the legal process has run its course.'' NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league will review Goodson's situation for "potential discipline once the court has determined the facts.''

A league source told Newsday Friday that there were character concerns regarding Goodson during his one season with the Raiders. The running back, however, told New York reporters in March that he was hungry to be an “every-down” back after being stuck behind “big-money guys,” like Darren McFadden, DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, in Oakland.

Goodson was slated to compete with fellow free-agent signee Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, Joe McKnight and John Griffin for the starting running back spot. 

The news of Goodson's arrest surprised several teammates, including one Jets, who, in a text message to Newsday, said of the situation: “That's crazy. What you need the pistol for in Florham Park?"

Shortly after Goodson's signing, running backs coach Anthony Lynn said in an interview posted on the team's web site that the Jets' stable of RBs was “more explosive" that in years past and that he has “more playmakers than I’ve had in the last couple of years.”

“He’s always been a dynamic back and explosive back," Lynn said of Goodson. "…I just think with the offense we’re in now and that skill-set, it’s going to be a good combination. He’s a young guy that’s been in the league. No, he doesn’t have the stats.

"Someone asked me yesterday: ‘Who’s Mike Goodson?’ People don’t even know who he is. But the man can play. …And the fact that he doesn’t have a lot of tread on the tires means we can put more on him because he’s healthy and he’s ready to go.”

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