Redskins hire Jets special teams coach Ben Kotwica
The Redskins announced Wednesday they have hired former Jets special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica, so the Jets will have a different coach in that job for the third consecutive season.
After six years on the Jets' staff, Kotwica replaced Mike Westhoff in January 2013. Under Kotwica, the Jets ranked 18th in kickoff-return yardage and 15th in punt-return coverage.
Kotwica, a West Point graduate, was one of several coaches on Rex Ryan's staff whose contract recently expired. Although the Jets extended him an offer, he was granted permission to interview with other teams.
Goodson pleads not guilty. Jets running back Mike Goodson pleaded not guilty Wednesday at his arraignment in Morristown (N.J.) Superior Court on two weapons possession charges, stemming from his May 17 arrest in Denville, N.J.
Goodson was a passenger in an SUV that New Jersey State Police found stopped at 3 a.m. in the center lane of Interstate 80. According to the police report, both occupants were intoxicated and Goodson possessed a small amount of marijuana. A loaded Taurus .45 caliber handgun was found in the glove box, and one round was a hollow point bullet.
The incident occurred two months after Goodson signed a three-year, $6.9-million free-agent contract.
Goodson rejected a plea deal that would have resulted in his serving at least a year in jail before becoming eligible for parole. Attorney Anthony Fusco Jr. told ESPNNewYork.com that he plans to file a motion claiming that police didn't have a search warrant to seize the gun from a locked glove box.
After a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, Goodson played two games before tearing the medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments in his left knee. He had seven carries for 61 yards and two catches for 19.
Cromartie expects to be released.Cornerback Antonio Cromartie said Wednesday on NBC Sports Network he expects to be released "because my cap number is very high and I had one of the worst seasons of my career the past year.''
Cromartie, 29, played on a bad hip all season and may need surgery. He also carries a team-high $14.98-million cap charge in 2014 and is due a $5-million bonus in March. Still, his plan is to end his career as a Jet. But, he said, "I'm not guaranteeing it.''