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
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.
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.
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?