Jets reportedly interested in Ben Tate, Donald Brown

Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, the Jets are interested in running backs Ben Tate and Donald Brown who will hit the open market when free agency kicks off.

This comes as a bit of a surprise, but I hear the New York Jets are exploring free-agent running backs — namely Donald Brown (Indianapolis Colts) and Ben Tate (Houston Texans). Obviously, their greatest needs are wide receiver and tight end, with running back thought to be a secure position with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell. But general manager John Idzik is a big believer in competition and depth. It also could mean that the troubled Mike Goodson is on thin ice. The bad boy from last offseason has legal issues, a surgically repaired knee and an upcoming $650,000 roster bonus. Why would the Jets pay that for a player in Goodson’s situation? Both Brown and Tate have above-average running skills and they can catch the ball, a much-needed skill in the Jets’ backfield.