When you factor in lack of on field production, injuries, and headaches, I'm not sure any free agent signing in 2013 was less effective in the NFL than Mike Goodson. The Jets signed Goodson to a fairly low cost deal hoping he could his speed to become a diamond in the rough, a valuable offensive piece whose speed could make him dangerous. Needless to say, things did not pan out.
Goodson was arrested in May on weapons and drug charges. He was MIA for the bulk of training camp and preseason for reasons the public still does not know. He was suspended the first four games. He tore his ACL and MCL after returning. He was indicted on the weapons charge in November. All of this for the impact of nine offensive touches.
There are some cases where a player's return could be a topic of debate. This one looks pretty open and shut to me. The Jets were trying to catch lightning in a bottle with Goodson. It did not pan out.
According to OverTheCap.com, cutting Goodson would create a little more than $1.3 million in new cap space.
Surely that money can be spent better than on a guy whom:
A. has put up 500 yards from scrimmage once in five NFL seasons.
B. is coming off an extremely serious knee injury that might rob him of his greatest asset.
C. might not even be available due to his pending legal situation.
There are better guys to try and catch lightning in a bottle with. Goodson had his chance and didn't do anything with it.