The Raiders continued their solid, if unspectacular, offseason yesterday by making two moves that will pay big dividends for the team in the next year.
Specifically, the Raiders traded for former Panthers RB Mike Goodson and signed FA LB Philip Wheeler who had visited the team earlier in the week.
Starting with Goodson, because that move happened earlier in the day, around 1pm Goodson tweeted that he had been traded to the Raiders and was going to head to Cali.
There was a lot of speculation about whether Carolina got perhaps a 5th or 6th round pick but it turned out to be a rare player for player only trade. In exchange for getting Goodson, Oakland gave up backup G/T Bruce Campbell.
If this had been a pick, it most likely wouldn't have been worth it unless it was a future pick - this is because the Raiders have so few draft picks already this year.
But Campbell, a former 4th round selection in the 2010 draft, struggled to get onto the field and also to even dress on game days. He was frequently a healthy scratch which is a bad sign for his development. He appeared to be coming on a bit in a reserve role at the end of last season.
In Goodson, the Raiders get a backup running back that has shown he can be productive but one who also has some questions. Goodson's biggest concerns are around fumbling which is a correctable problem if he puts in the work. Tiki Barber once had the same issues, but worked on how he held the ball and his grip and was able to take the problem and turn it into a strength.
Goodson's most productive year was 2010 when Panthers starting RB DeAngelo Williams went on IR after week 7 with a leg injury and Jonathan Stewart and Goodson had more carries as a result.
When Stewart also was out with an injury in weeks 10, 11 and 12 that season, Goodson got his first starts and ran for 390 yards in those 3 starts alone.
Goodson was taken in the 4th round of the 2009 draft and signed a 4 year deal so this is a contract year for him.
He is just a shade under 6'0" and was 212 lbs 3 years ago when measured at the Combine. He ran the 40 in 4.54 seconds which was good enough for 7th for the RBs that year.
It's also worth noting that Goodson is a very good athlete. I played college BB at Pitt as well and has shown he can be a weapon in the passing game, something that was mentioned by Raiders GM McKenzie after announcing the trade.
Around 8 pm last night, the Raiders announced they had signed free agent LB Philip Wheeler as well. Terms were not disclosed.
Wheeler will likely fit into the team's Strongside LB position or at least compete to start, there.
There is more information on Wheeler's measureables here.
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While I had hoped that Campbell would 'get it,' it just never materialized. I like the trade for Goodson. He is an underrated player and he did very well when he had the chance to play. Only problem was that he put the ball on the ground a few times, but that is correctable. Goodson will be a very nice #2 RB. I guess this means we likely won't draft Robert Turbin. Ah, well.
I read somewhere Carolina plans to move Campbell back to Tackle. Why do I get this nagging feeling that he's going to turn into a beast there...
Bruce Campbell is a classic example of why size and speed at the combine are not the most important attributes of a player, attributes Al Davis prized above all. As much as I have questioned McKenzie's moves so far this year, I am excited to see his approach to the draft, his selection process and intangibles he looks for in players. This is where I think McKenzie is really going to shine, and with the draft, as we all know, the core of a team is built. It may take time, but it worked for Green Bay, and it will eventually work for the Raiders....
Reggie was the guy I wanted when we were searching for a GM so I may be bias, but I think the guy has done an outstanding job. I wish Al could have been here this off-season to fix our cap situation one more year though. Seemed like every year we would be 20mil over and the next thing you know Al would have us 15 mil under and we'd be signing guys. True for way to much money and it didn't do us any good. I think we are in more than capable hand with RM though.
@AsherMathews Impressive day for Reggie. If I'm correct, he is 4-4 on signing free agents when they visit Oakland.
He definitely has the physical tools to succeed and I do believe the Panthers run a pretty straight forward power blocking scheme which would benefit Campbell even more. The big knock on Campbell to me is his lack of being able to get the playbook x and o's stuff sorted. It has been mentioned before that unfortunately Campbell does suffer from a learning disability which is a real shame because he is a physical specimen. But the ZBS is suppose to be pretty tricky to learn and doesn't suit him too well.
Either way Campbell has barely made it off the inactive list for us and we are getting a quality backup for a position we really needed one! Plus Goodson really shined when he was given the chance to start previously. I am happy with the trade and wish Campbell well for the Panthers.
I have to wonder though if it was only a matter of time before this cap situation would have caught up with Davis to the point he would not have been able to work his magic as well. You can only continue to re-work contracts every year so many times before you screw yourself up and that was the way AD was heading unfortunately.
A very good point. RT @_PhilClark Impressive day for Reggie. If I'm correct, he is 4-4 on signing free agents when they visit Oakland
@nilbymouth Totally unaware of the learning disability. I still think he can make it at LT. With his physicals he could still be a premier pass blocker there regardless of his ability to handle the x and o's. Would feel happier about things if we hadn't re-signed Barnes.
When you look at the Raiders recent record on O-line re Draft and free agency it aint good. Groves, Gallery, Walker, Sims, Satele, Kwame Harris. Lot of sub par performances in that lot and we let Erik Pears slip away on the cheap. That's why I get the 'one that got away ' feeling on Campbell. Lets hope Wiz, Veldheer, Briesel can form the core of something better. RM still needs to bring in more help here tho'
@nilbymouth Agreed. It just seems to be the burden of being a member of Raider Nation that we have to endure head-scratching decisions season after season. Lead us to the promised land Mr McKenzie.....
True, but let's remember this is a whole new front office, so hopefully these sort of things will happen a lot less now.