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March 30, 2012

Panthers swap Mike Goodson for Oakland lineman Bruce Campbell

The Panthers traded reserve running back Mike Goodson to Oakland for offensive lineman Bruce Campbell, the Panthers announced today.

The 6-6, 315-pound Campbell played in 14 games in two seasons with the Raiders, primarily on special teams. Campbell, a fourth-round pick in 2010 after leaving Maryland a year early, played in four games last year.

Campbell, who has no career starts, played guard in Oakland. But the Panthers plan to use him at tackle.

Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said the 23-year-old Campbell has two years left on his rookie contract.

Physically, he's everything you're looking for,” Hurney said. “He's a 6-6, 320-pound lineman with 36-inch arms. He's very athletic. When he came out of the combine, he was one of those guys everyone was talking about his athletic ability.

He's very young in terms of being an NFL player. His first two years out there helped him, and hopefully he'll continue to improve.”

Goodson became expendable after the Panthers acquired free agent running back Mike Tolbert last week.

Goodson, entering his fourth season, had back-to-back 100-yard rushing games in 2010 following injuries to DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart.

But Goodson struggled with fumbling issues in training camp last year, and injured his hamstring during the season. Some members of the Panthers' staff also thought Goodson was too content to be the third back, a spot that now belongs to Tolbert, who also will play fullback.

Hurney called Goodson an “extremely talented” back who gave the Panthers “three good years.” Hurney said the Panthers' backfield depth allowed them to acquire a player who will give them depth and perhaps compete for a starting spot.

Hurney reiterated the team is not shopping Stewart, who is entering the final year of his contract.

--Joseph Person


Bruce Campell (2011 file photo, Getty Images)

Posted by Observer Sports on March 30, 2012 at 04:46 PM | Permalink


Goodson has a lot of potential but only if he can overcome the fumble problem.

Posted by: Reed | Mar 30, 2012 5:24:03 PM

This makes the whole Tolbert thing make more sense...I like it. Especially since with Tolbert's versatility and special team ability, he is essentially taking Fiumetta and goodson duties and he can take some of Shockey's role as well (not as a TE, but some of the same functions like blocking and releasing into the flat as well). Hopefully this Campbell guy can fill the need!

Posted by: DNYCE | Mar 30, 2012 5:50:40 PM

This looks like a great trade for the Panthers! We have plenty of RB's, and Mike - while adequate - is nothing exciting. Meanwhile, a team with an offensive scheme like the Panthers can never have too many O-linemen.

The only concern is Campbell's lack of experience. Tackle is perhaps the most difficult line position on the field, and we need skill, blocking, and consistency! I hope that Chud and John Matsko have a plan to squeeze a new level of performance out of this guy.

Posted by: Cam_Rocks | Mar 30, 2012 6:11:51 PM

Let's go Panthers !!!!!!!!

Posted by: bigrip | Mar 30, 2012 6:55:06 PM

My heart sunk when I saw a headline of panthers trade rb. This definitely proves they want to keep stewart

Posted by: double.trouble fan | Mar 30, 2012 6:58:13 PM

Like Goodson, but it was clear that he was on the way out. Otah has been a huge disapointment due to health issues. What a monster he was when he could work. Want the old Jeff back but do not think he is body will let him. Glad we got an OL player.

Posted by: landmerchant | Mar 30, 2012 7:20:30 PM

I get that Goodson was easy to doff off, but Hurney plus unknown, inexperienced quantity equals another Hurney red herring.

Cam Newton's rookie performance saved Hurney's job, but he should have been fired long ago. He is still a second-rate GM.

Posted by: Scott Bryan | Mar 30, 2012 7:29:08 PM

Good move.

Posted by: par404 | Mar 30, 2012 7:44:04 PM

Another nice move by the Panthers. Glad they shopped Goodson for a lesser (but promising) talent instead of The Daily Show.

Posted by: Curry | Mar 30, 2012 7:45:30 PM

Nice-looking athlete! He surely doesn't look 320 from his head shot! I wonder what Otah is up to? Haven't heard anything about him. Same as last off-season. We knew what Duke Robinson was doing; eating everything in sight.

Posted by: Legadu-whatIwant | Mar 30, 2012 8:25:56 PM

I just saw Otah at the Chinese buffet. They told him to leave because the sign said; All you can eat - Not eat all. Thanks Otah and see you at the Golden Corral buffet! !!

Posted by: LookingForOtah | Mar 30, 2012 8:41:44 PM

Since we just got Bruce Campell, it looks like Jeff Otah will be traded next. His upper body weight keeps his knees from healing.

Posted by: Mark the Mystic | Mar 30, 2012 8:47:50 PM

Got something for a player that was going to get cut! Would be nice to get a player for Clausen!

Posted by: joe cool | Mar 30, 2012 9:02:24 PM

Agree we need to get rid of clausen. live you bro but your time is up in carolina

Posted by: bob | Mar 31, 2012 4:27:43 AM

I really wish I had the time to go to opposing NFC teams blogs and talk crap. It amazes me...

Posted by: Paul Evans | Mar 31, 2012 8:58:09 AM

Saints fans are ridiculous. I am sure Cam Newton was the head on an international conspiracy to take down the City of New Orleans. He has hated the Saints ever since a 5th grade field trip to the Audubon Institute in New Orleans was ruined by a rude tour guide wearing a Saints jersey. This is what fueled Cam to become an athletic superstar. With the help of his father (also a notorious Saints hater) they began a training regimen that would propel him through the high school and college football ranks and eventual into the pros. It is even rumored that they influenced Jerry Richardson (known gumbo hater) to draft Clausen. This with a well placed bounty issued to Giants defense to injure Matt Moore is what ultimately lead the Panther 2-14 season.
With Cam now poised to enter the NFC South they could be begin the final stage of their plan by recruiting both Steve Smith and Jeremy Shockey into their ranks. Both were reluctant at first, but that all changed once they found out that the Newton’s were receiving funding for this operation from Santa Claus, Elvis, and Roger Goodell. What hope could the poor city of New Orleans have to stop a secret society with this much power and influence.
Give me a break. They got caught, and were warned that they would be penalized harshly if they did not stop. Then the knuckle dragging idiots not only continued to do it for years after, but worse yet they left a paper trail. Seriously a paper trail! Stupidity alone should get Sean Payton suspended for a year. I thought after LT left the NFL all the crack heads where gone. They screwed up, and a man would own up to that.

Posted by: saintssuckbad | Mar 31, 2012 12:10:51 PM

I'm sure he will contribute more than Goody EVER could !

Posted by: nasty704 | Mar 31, 2012 1:48:15 PM

@Mark the Mystic - Why would you trade Jeff Otah when his cap hit is "Only" 1 million dollars, that would be stupid.. Keep him, and see what he can do this year. This kid is only 23, and if he works out, could be with the team for years. Hurney great job, luv this trade..

Posted by: Catsnmbr1Fan | Apr 3, 2012 1:51:17 AM

Just show the mentality of the Saints fans! I wish he could learn english!

Posted by: Rick | Apr 3, 2012 8:30:46 AM

"RBush wants to beat... Newton", LOL! I would love to see that since Cam has the edge on that punk by almost 50 lbs.

"5 million Saint fans want rough justice". You just may see that when somebody goes for payback on Brees.

Look I know you don't have a life since you make plastic bead necklaces 50 hours a week but do you have to spend the rest of your time trolling rival NFL team sites?

Posted by: Jimbo | Apr 3, 2012 12:21:23 PM

If y'all think the Saints fans are garbage (they are), then you ought to check out the Raiders fans on profootballtalk.com. Some of them still think Darren McFadden will actually play 16 games, and the rest of them think they just got the next Thurman Thomas and the Panthers are stupid for trading him. Talk about a delusional fan base.

Just as delusional as Saints fans who think their team is going to win more than 5 games this year. They aren't. Put that in your bowl of gumbo and sip it!

Posted by: J | Apr 4, 2012 2:13:13 PM

What’s up with this “dead stinking cats” guy? I hope you have not bred because I hate to think of your mutant off spring in the gene pool. Do your lips move when you read? The Observer should require an IQ test to post.

Posted by: saintssuckbad | Apr 4, 2012 3:47:39 PM

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