Originally written on Thoughts from the Dark Side  |  Last updated 11/19/14

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 17: Mike Goodson #33 of the Carolina Panthers runs the ball against Stoney Woodson #29 of the New York Giants during the preseason NFL game at Giants Stadium on August 17, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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.

For Raiders news and analysis throughout the day, or to ask me questions or tell me what you think, follow me on Twitter @AsherMathews

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Hernandez allegedly shot friend after fight over strip club bill

Report: Andre Johnson requests to be traded or released

James Harden suspended for groin kick to LeBron James

Mark Cuban will play the President in 'Sharknado 3'

Five most exciting one-bid conference tournaments

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Redskins interested in Ndamukong Suh

Report: Darrelle Revis likely to hit free agent market

Le'Veon Bell could face up to a four-game suspension

Report: Giants place franchise tag on Jason Pierre-Paul

Vikings GM: Team has spoken with Adrian Peterson

Yu Darvish on notion he quit on Rangers: ‘That’s BS‘

Who received franchise tags at the deadline and who did not

WATCH: Whiteside, Len ejected after getting into wrestling match

WATCH: Texas-Baylor fight leads to seven ejections

Nik Stauskas wears Michigan State gear after lost bet

Bret Bielema takes away player's car after DUI

NHL player traded after daughter's heartbreaking letter

Curt Schilling unloads on Twitter trolls again

Pirates Corey Hart cut his foot getting into a whirlpool

Steve Spurrier joins Twitter, jabs Clemson

Michael Jordan makes his first Forbes billionaire list

Nick Young rips ESPN anchor over Iggy Azalea insult

Sad LeBron literally looks in mirror after loss to Rockets

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five potential landing spots for Andre Johnson

Texas-Baylor fight leads to 7 ejections

Mark Cuban will be Prez in 'Sharknado 3'

Report: Redskins interested in Suh

Report: Revis likely to hit free agency

Steve Spurrier joins Twitter

MJ makes Forbes billionaire list

Nick Young fires back at Robert Flores

Sad LeBron literally looks in mirror after loss to Rockets

MLS 2015 season preview

Report: Broncos to franchise Demaryius

James Harden kicks LeBron in groin

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.