The New York Jets made their first “big” signing of the off-season today by locking up former Oakland Raiders running back Mike Goodson to a 3 year, 6.9 million dollar contract. This is a decision Jets fans should be happy about. Why?
You just saw two things we haven’t seen in the Jets backfield in a LONG time, a successful screen pass and speed. Here is what you need to know about Goodson
– He has very good speed, shiftiness and hands. Goodson is a one-cut runner who will fit very well in Marty Mornhinweg’s offense. Based on pure talent alone, he is easily the Jets best running back on their current roster. As it stands today, Goodson and Bilal Powell would form an inside/outside combination, likely splitting the bulk of the carries. Joe McKnight’s days could be numbered in New York.
– In a limited role last year, Goodson had 35 carries for 221 yards with a whopping 6.3 YPC. He also had 16 receptions for 195 yards. Despite only having 51 touches, he had four plays of over 40 yards. Keep in mind Shonn Greene had 276 carries last year and didn’t have ONE play over 40 yards.
– In 2010, Goodson saw his most extended work. He had 103 carries, 452 yards and 40 receptions for 310 yards for the Carolina Panthers. In the only 2 games he had over 20 carries, he cracked 100 yards.
– The negatives? Goodson has issues staying healthy and had a fumbling problem in 2010, with 4 total fumbles and 2 lost.
Overall, this was a needed move by the Jets and a low cost/high upside signing. Goodson will get his first chance for extended playing time over the course of the season as a feature back and has the skill-set to be a playmaker for this offense.
In other news, Kevin Kolb was released by the Arizona Cardinals paving the way for a potential signing by the New York Jets. We first reported here on March 4th that Kolb was a strong possibility for the Jets if released, he has a good history with Marty Mornhinweg and would add more to the quarterback competition this summer. If the Jets can’t lock down Kolb in the next couple of days, they will turn their attention to Brady Quinn. Whenever the next quarterback is signed, Tim Tebow will be released.
The team is also meeting with outside linebacker Antwan Barnes and a deal could be locked up shortly. Barnes has thrived as a pass rushing specialist and could help ease in a rookie at outside linebacker. The Jets need as many as bodies as possible at linebacker and Barnes would be a welcome addition, who won’t be too costly.