Mike Goodson joins New York Jets in NFL free agency


The New York Jets have yet to make a splash in free agency, but they have uncovered help in the backfield.

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The team announced that it signed free-agent running back Mike Goodson, who spent last season with the Oakland Raiders. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Goodson's signing at $6.9 million over three years.

Goodson comes to the Jets two days after Shonn Greene agreed to become Chris Johnson's running mate with the Tennessee Titans. It's not a staggering upgrade. Goodson rushed for 221 yards on 35 attempts last season in Oakland after carrying the ball just 125 times over his first three seasons with the Carolina Panthers.

Goodson has shown quickness at the position. He added some spice to Oakland's backfield in relief work, but there's little proof Goodson fits the bill as a starter. It does give New York some much-needed speed on offense.

The Jets' roster looks suspect on both sides of the ball. Along with Goodson, New York is preparing to roll out a backfield of Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight. With tight end Dustin Keller testing the market -- and most of the familar faces on defense in a state of exodus -- more help is needed in Florham Park.

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