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Should Carolina Consider Trading Mike Goodson?

There are few, if any, third string running backs in the NFL better than Carolina’s Mike Goodson. Though he is a talented back and a reliable kick returner, Goodson has already been labeled as a chronic fumbler. Though fumbling can be fixed, I am of the opinion that the Panthers should at least explore the idea of improving other areas of the team by using Goodson as a valuable bargaining chip.

Goodson is under contract for 2011 and 2012 with a very low cap number. The way it stands now, Goodson and second string back, Jonathan Stewart will both be free-agents after the 2012 season and there is no way that Carolina will be able to bring both players back. With DeAngleo Williams signing a five year contract this off-season, it makes one of the two impending free-agents expendable.

I am of the opinion that Stewart will continue the stance he has taken since being drafted by the Panthers: combining carries with Williams will lengthen both of their careers. I also believe that there is no way that Goodson will even consider the idea coming back to Charlotte as a third string running-back. The idea has been tossed around about moving Goodson to the wide-receiver position, but the Panthers already have a receiving project in Armanti Edwards and does not need another one.

For 2011, the Panthers would be more than fine with a running-back stable of Williams, Stewart, and Tyrell Sutton. The Panthers could add another young back in the 2012 draft if they feel that they want an upgrade over Sutton and want some insurance in case Stewart does decide to explore a full-time starting job with another franchise. When it comes to Goodson’s return ability, I would give that job to Armanti Edwards full-time. Edwards showed tremendous ability, athleticism, and vision returning punts in the Panthers first pre-season game against the Giants and could become a major weapon on special teams. The Panthers also have two promising rookies that can help out in the return game in Kealoha Pilares and Brandon Hogan.

The Panthers still have holes at defensive tackle and in the defensive secondary. There are several teams that would love to have a player of Goodson’s ability and may be willing to part with a player to pick Goodson up.

It was recently reported out of San Francisco that Taylor Mays will try to be traded by the 49ers. Would it be beneficial for both the Panthers and the 49ers to swap Goodson for Mays? The 49ers could use a young stud running back behind the aging Frank Gore and Goodson has a similar skill set. By acquiring Mays, who has a tremendous amount of talent, the Panthers could convert Charles Godfrey to his natural position of corner-back. Mays and Goodson both have deadly faults for their position too: Mays has been exposed several times in the past in coverage whereas Goodson has had trouble holding onto the football (Goodson had two fumbles against the Giants last Saturday). Both players have work to do to reach their full potential at the NFL level. I guess the question one has to ask is which player would help the Panthers win now and in the future?

In all reality Goodson will most likely be a member of the 2011 Carolina Panther team. Really who would blame them for holding onto him? However, I can’t help but wonder with the Panthers’ depth at running back and looking at other holes on the team if Goodson couldn’t be more valuable as a trade commodity than he is on the football field for the 2011 Panther football team.

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  • rclarkjr

    @panthersbuzztap YES. Good player. He could get us some value at CB or DT or WR or anywhere we are not three studs deep.

  • therapistphdmd

    there is no reason to have to train Goodson as a w/r or have him as a project…he already knows how to catch and is a great receiver out of the backfield. also, goodson knows the route tree well and has no problems running most nfl routes.

  • therapistphdmd

    ps…i did forget…the only time…and i mean the only time carolina has had two backs stay healthy for an entire season was 2008…before and after that time there has always been injuries to the starters that have lasted for two or three games or at worse there have been multiple season ending injuries….

    last season williams missed 3/4′s of the season, stewart missed time….sutton was banged up…..the panthers have a history of running out of running backs when december and january football is played. i do not think they simply have to keep goodson but he will be worth his contract as will sutton (who can play fullback)…

    .i am sure the team will not activate all 4 on game day but the panthers have even a bigger dilemma at tight end….they will need to keep 4 of them or release hartstock, who they just signed to a 3 year deal! they cannot afford to get rid of barnidge…he is way too good on special teams and can stretch the field when given a chance.

  • therapistphdmd

    Nice thought on Mays but he is liability this early in his career….Godrey would have to almost relearn everything he knows as he has not been a corner in the nfl….he has the size of a safety and his speed is not what it needs to be ie…the reason godfrey was converted to a safety…

    the nfl is full of decent – to pretty good safeties but corner is another issue all together….it would be nice if the Cats would pony up and add the best available, like ellis hobbs…as no matter who they get either gamble or munnerlyn or the “new guy” they are looking for or the rookie they would like to use will be picked apart by Brees and Ryan and that is it. That first game against l fitzgerald could get bloody fast if the panthers march out there with a turd player at corner and at dt….they need to buckle down and PAY hobbs for 2 or 3 years for 6 figures and just take the hit!