Saturday, March 31, 2012

Raiders Trade for Running Back Mike Goodson

Last season was an absolute nightmare in terms of the Oakland Raiders trying to stay healthy in the backfield. With Pro Bowler Darren McFadden getting off to an impressive start last year, the consensus was that the Raiders were finally a force to be reckoned with in the AFC West division once again. Not only were they getting buzz for being a potential threat to the San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos within the division, but they were almost guaranteed to make the playoffs with the way they were playing consistently well.

Unfortunately, the Raiders hit a bump in the road with yet another season-ending injury to Darren McFadden. At first, the ankle injury wasn't considered serious and something that he could return from last season, but it never healed in time for the potential Pro Bowler to get back on the field.

With McFadden out for the Raiders, Oakland turned to Michael Bush to shoulder the load. As the one player on the Raiders that actually benefited from McFadden's injury, Bush had a breakout season and ultimately became a valuable asset on the free agent market. Despite the Raiders needing the insurance in the backfield with Bush, Oakland failed to re-sign the four-year veteran as he signed a deal with the Chicago Bears.

Now that Darren McFadden is a constant injury concern and the Raiders were without a viable backup or potential starter, Oakland went out and traded offensive tackle Bruce Campbell to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for running back Mike Goodson. Smart move by the Raiders as it helps secure the running back position moving forward, but whether or not Goodson makes this team better remains to be seen.

Despite no carries and just one catch for four yards last season for the Panthers, Goodson has been a solid option in the backfield for Carolina with 125 carries, 501 rushing yards and three touchdowns in three seasons. Goodson also made an impact as a receiver with 43 catches for 329 receiving yards.

MIKE GOODSON HIGHLIGHTS

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