The Morris County (N.J.) Prosecutor's Office announced that Goodson was indicted on second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon after he was found in a car with a Taurus .45-caliber handgun loaded with an illegal hollow-point bullet. Goodson, 26, was also indicted with possessing the bullet, commonly known as a "cop killer" because it can penetrate body armor, which is a serious offense in New Jersey.
Goodson's attorney, Anthony Fusco, said the next step is an arraignment, during which the indictment will be read and Goodson will have to enter a plea.
"Mike's not going to plead guilty to a gun charge," Fusco said. "The bottom line is that it's not his gun."
Fusco said Goodson faces a maximum of 10 years if he is convicted of current charges. The Jets, through a team spokesperson, declined to comment on the matter.
The driver of the car, Garant Evans, was also indicted on the gun and ammunition-related charge, as well as possession of a firearm despite being convicted of a crime. New Jersey law allows two people to simultaneously be charged with possessing a single weapon.
In May, Evans and Goodson were found stopped in the center lane of I-80. Goodson, in the passenger seat, was unresponsive to police officers who approached the car. He was taken to a hospital for a medical evaluation and released.
Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were also found in the car. The drug possession charges did not have to be reviewed by a grand jury and are still pending.
The Jets signed Goodson to a three-year, $6.9 million contract just before his arrest. Goodson missed training camp for undisclosed personal reasons.
The NFL suspended Goodson for the first four games of the season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. He played in two games for the Jets and had 61 yards on seven carries, an average of 8.7 yards per carry, before a season-ending ACL tear.