The Jets were reportedly close to a deal with running back Mike Goodson when the day got started and they were able to cross the final gaps.
Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports that Goodson has agreed to a three-year, $6.9 million deal to help replace the departed Shonn Greene in the Jets backfield. Goodson had 221 yards on 65 carries for the Raiders last season and added 16 catches out of the backfield in the 12 games he was healthy enough to play as a complement to Darren McFadden.
Goodson joins Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight as the current running backs for the Jets, which should give him his best chance yet at earning serious playing time after spending his career to date behind McFadden, DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. We’d imagine the Jets will try to add another back to the mix during the draft, just in case Goodson doesn’t prove up to a more sizable role and to help generally add talent to a team without much of it.
The Jets have also been talking with linebacker Antwan Barnes so this may not be the last addition to a team that’s said goodbye to a slew of players through the first few days of free agency.