After losing four players at the outset of free agency, the Jets finally made an aggressive move. They signed former Raiders running back Mike Goodson to a three-year, $6.9 million contract, a league source said Friday.
Goodson, who also attracted interest from the Bengals, will have a chance for a significant role. The Jets lost leading rusher Shonn Greene to the Tennessee Titans, leaving a gaping hole in the backfield.
The holdovers are Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight, neither of whom has experience as an every-down back. The last time the Jets went into a season without a 1,000-yard rusher on their roster was 1994.
The Jets believe Goodson was one of the top sleepers in free agency. He has some big-play ability (he averaged 6.3 yards per carry last season in a small role) and he can catch the ball out of the backfield (40 receptions for the Panthers in 2010).
Goodson flashed some upside in 2010. With DeAngelo Williams injured, he rotated with Jonathan Stewart and finished with 452 yards and a 4.4 average. He also had five fumbles. He was a fourth-round pick out of Texas A&M in 2009.
Jets sign Goodson, could be No. 1 RB
ESPN.com | Mar 15