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NY Jets linebacker retires after just one game with the team

NY Jets, B.J. Goodson
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The NY Jets signed veteran linebacker B.J. Goodson last week with the team looking for additional linebacker depth. Just eight days later, Goodson has retired from the NFL.

The Jets signed Goodson following an injury to rookie linebacker Jamien Sherwood. With the team needing another linebacker on the 53-man roster, they signed the veteran Goodson who had plenty of starting experience.

But Goodson didn't see time with the defense on Sunday with Quincy Williams taking on the starting role instead. Williams played 93 percent of defensive snaps while even Del'Shawn Phillips received a pair of defensive snaps.

Goodson, meanwhile, was limited to just seven snaps, all on special teams. And just three days after the game, he's decided to call it quits, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The NY Jets might need another linebacker with B.J. Goodson gone

A six-year NFL veteran, Goodson was originally drafted by the NY Giants in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He spent the first three years of his career with the Giants — the latter two were spent as one of their starting linebackers.

He was traded to the Green Bay Packers ahead of the 2019 season and he would go on to play in 15 games, making nine starts, with the team that year.

Goodson signed with the Cleveland Browns the following March and he would start 14 games on a good Browns defense last season.

The Jets added Goodson with the goal of providing extra linebacker depth with Sherwood and Jarrad Davis sidelined. Now, the team might be forced to look for a replacement.

They did recently promote Phillips to the active roster and Sherwood returned to practice in a limited capacity on Wednesday. But if Sherwood can't go on Sunday, the Jets will have just four healthy linebackers on their roster.

They can get away with it, but they might need someone to fill his roster spot. Why not make it a linebacker?

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The brief Jets career of B.J. Goodson is over before it ever really started.

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