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Poll - Should Panthers Trade RB Mike Goodson?

Panther 3rd year RB Mike Goodson is withering on the vine from lack of use, so should the Panthers trade him before the trade deadline on the 18th?

Goodson should have some trade value after averaging 4.4 YPC last season, on 103 carries for 452 yards, and 40 catches for 310 yards (a 7.8 yard average). This is Goodson's 3rd year, and it seems like the writing is on the wall for Goodson. Goodson wasn't even active for Sunday's game against the Saints, and he will be a free agent at the end of the 2012 season, so his future may well be elswhere. The Panthers may not want to trade Goodson, because they need a 3rd RB, but they're not using him now, so why not trade something they aren't using for something of more value?

Here are the NFL teams with rushing problems, and their current team YPC.

3.0 YPC - Titans - Their problem isn't RB's Chris Johnson & Ringer, but their O-Line blocking.

3.2 YPC - Giants - Bradshaw 4.0 YPC & Jacobs 3.1 YPC

3.3 YPC - Jets - Goodson would be very good paired with big RB Shonn Greene

3.4 YPC - Browns - Goodson would be great paired with big RB Payton Hillis (who's a free agent at the end of this season), and catching passes out of the backfield from Colt McCoy.

3.4 YPC - Cowboys - It's mostly due to Felix Jones injuries, and the have a RB simular to Goodson in DeMarco Murray.

3.8 YPC - Colts - RB Joseph Addai is injured and breaking down, and Donald Brown hasn't lived up to his draft pick, but they may have bigger problems.

3.8 YPC - Seahawks - They might need a big RB more, and Goodson is sort of a duplication of Leon Washington.

4.0 YPC - Bengals - Bernard Scott Is an OK backup for Cedric Benson, but Benson is fighting a 3 game suspension.

4.3 YPC - Broncos - Willis McGahee has 3 100 yard rushing games, and has pushed 2009 1st round pick Knowshon Moreno to the bench, and could use a fast RB who's also a good receiver. 

Goodson would also be a great fit for the Packers, but their RB's are OK.

What could the Panthers likely get for Goodson? A 4th round pick might be good, a 3rd might be too big a stretch (except maybe for the Jets, a team with playoff hopes who's likely to be drafting late). The only teams that might trade a player, and those are long shots, are the Cowboys (maybe 2nd year CB/S Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, 6-0, 208, 4.30-40), or the Bengals.

I would love to see the Panthers trade Goodson to the Bengals for one of their D-Linemen (their defense is ranked #1). I would love to get either 2nd year DT Geno Atkins (6-1, 300, 23 years old, a Combine 4.88-40, a Pro Day 4.75-40, 1.68-10) or 5th year DT Pat Sims (6-2, 330, 25 years old, 5.06-40, 1.68-10, but those were at 310 pounds). Both are playing in a 3 man DT rotation, with Atkins starting along side Domata Peko, so the Bengals might be reluctent to trade either of them, even if the Panthers sent them a DT like Niblett along with Goodson. Atkins is the pass rushing DT the Panthers need, and probably should have drafted rather than Norwood. Here are their career numbers.

Geno Atkins:

2011 - 5 games, 5 starts, 15 tackles, 8 solo, 2.5 sacks, 1 pass defended.   

2010 - 16 games, 1 start, 16 tackles, 10 solo, 3.0 sacks.

Pat Sims:

2011 - 5 games, 0 starts, 11 tackles, 6 solo, 1 sack

2010 - 14 games, 8 starts, 31 tackles, 19 solo, 2.5 sacks, 1 pass defended

2009 - 16 games, 8 starts, 34 tackles, 19 solo, 0.5 sacks

2008 - 11 games, 6 starts, 36 tackles, 22 solo, 1 sack

So, what do you think?

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