Friday, March 15, 2013

Jets ink West Coast-friendly tailback Mike Goodson


The New York Jets needed a fast running back who can catch. One who isn't too expensive.

They found him. (photo: June Rivera, Flickr)

New general manager John Idzik made his first out-of-house free agent signing Friday, acquiring former Oakland Raiders tailback Mike Goodson. Goodson's deal is worth $6.9 million over three years, according to Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News.

Goodson, who will share the backfield with Bilal Powell, is the total opposite of Shonn Greene, who the Jets parted ways with via free agency. Greene was a straight-ahead bruiser with limited speed and poor hands.

Goodson is a stellar fit for new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's West Coast-style offense, and his price tag was on the money.

The fifth-year back averaged 12.2 yards a reception on 16 catches last year. In 2010, Goodson hauled in 40 catches for 310 yards. He averaged 6.3 yards a carry on 35 rushes last season.

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