It was one of the most regrettable transactions for the New York Jets in the last decade, and they tried to make up for it, but came up short.
Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com reported that the Jets were actively pursuing ex-New England Patriot, and former Jets back Danny Woodhead.
According to Reiss, there was mutual interest between the two sides, but the San Diego Chargers had the last laugh in the end, inking Woodhead to a two-year deal. The Patriots, to fill the void, signed another ex-Jet in Leon Washington. The Jets then signed Mike Goodson to a three-year contract, almost as a consolation prize for missing out on their two ex-backs.
The Jets have come out and said that they like Goodson, and believe that they landed a “rising talent.” They see him as a potential counterpart with running backs Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight. While Goodson’s scouting report may read that he is a different kind of third down back, and one that changes the pace, all anyone can say about Woodhead is that he makes the game-changing plays.
It’s a shame, because Woodhead would have been perfect in the Jets new offensive scheme under new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.
Woodhead is a quick back who has great hands, and is really comfortable coming out of the backfield. He emerged as a factor back two years ago with the Patriots, and it has been hard for the Jets to watch Woodhead torch the NFL, specifically the AFC East.
It would have been nice for the Jets to redeem themselves and make the fans happy, but this is just another unsuccessful bid at an attempt to regain what they had once lost.