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By PFW staff

The Panthers traded RB Mike Goodson to the Raiders for OT Bruce Campbell, the team announced Friday.

“Newest Oakland Raider !!!!!! Headin to Cali!” Goodson tweeted.

The third-year back played in only four games last season. He had one catch for four yards. In 2010, Goodson had 103 carries for 452 yards and three touchdowns. He also went 40-310 receiving in 16 games and three starts. Goodson did have six fumbles that year, losing three of them.

He was also the team’s main kickoff returner in ’10, averaging 21.8 yards on 48 returns. He was placed on injured reserve last season with a hamstring injury.

"Mike is a talented player who gave us three good years, but our depth at running back allowed us to make this move," Panthers GM Marty Hurney said.

However, the addition of free agent Mike Tolbert this offseason, joining DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, gave the Panthers four quality backs and made Goodson expendable.

The Raiders lost RB Michael Bush to the Bears in free agency, so they had a definite need for RB depth.

Campbell played in four games for Oakland in 2011 and in 10 contests in 2010, his rookie season.

"We think Bruce Campbell is a very young, talented offensive lineman who has all the physical qualities to play in this league," Hurney said. "He played guard his first two seasons with the Raiders, but we will look at moving him to tackle."

The way we see it

Goodson essentially replaces Bush as McFadden's backup. He has shown he can catch the ball, which will be important in Oakland's offense, but must stay healthy for the trade to have any value. For the Panthers, Campbell can help a team need at offensive tackle, specifically on the right side, where Jeff Otah has struggled to stay healthy, playing in only four games the past two seasons.

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