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Report: Panthers trade for Raiders WR Louis Murphy

Louis Murphy, Steve Gregory AP

The Panthers and Raiders swapped unwanted spare parts earlier this offseason, and have now agreed to another trade.

According to Jason Cole of Yahoo.com, the Raiders sent wide receiver Louis Murphy to the Panthers. There’s no word at the moment what’s headed the other direction, but it can’t be too much.

Murphy has 90 catches in three seasons, with a healthy 15.2 yards per catch average. The Panthers are always looking for deep speed, and Murphy has it. He caught just 15 passes last year, was due to make $1.26 million this season and was on the roster bubble this year.

In March, the Panthers sent running back Mike Goodson to the Raiders in exchange for offensive lineman Bruce Campbell, swapping a fast return man with bad hands for a talented tackle who was miscast at guard.

UPDATE: 3:27 p.m. ET: The Raiders announced the move, saying they received an undisclosed conditional draft choice.

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28 Responses to “Report: Panthers trade for Raiders WR Louis Murphy”
  1. mjbulls45 says: Jul 23, 2012 1:34 PM

    murphy caught a bomb vs steelers 3 years ago with bruce gradkowski upsetting pitt at pitt,

  2. jag8r904 says: Jul 23, 2012 1:36 PM

    Wonder if Murphy and Newton have chemistry from their days together at UF?

  3. tdk24 says: Jul 23, 2012 1:36 PM

    Well, i hate to see him go. But i guess when you have a lot of young WR potential, you have to deal 1 of them to improve another position. Anxious to hear what we got in return. Glad to see him go down there and play with Cam, he should do well in a pass first offense. Good luck to you Murphy.

  4. blacknole08 says: Jul 23, 2012 1:38 PM

    I love this move! A deep threat for Cam!

  5. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Jul 23, 2012 1:39 PM

    Boo. Murphy is solid. I’ll miss him

  6. loyalpanthersfan says: Jul 23, 2012 1:45 PM

    No complaints here, GO PANTHERS!!!!!

  7. chazzmon says: Jul 23, 2012 1:45 PM

    Good move, if this guy stays healthy and with his speed he can really help open up the field. It can make the running game better, help with the double teams on Smith and give Cam another option. Great pickup!

  8. stull60060 says: Jul 23, 2012 1:47 PM

    Bruce Campbell was NOT a talented tackle miscast as a guard. He was tried at guard because he couldn’t play tackle. He was there 3 years and couldn’t break the starting line up as a tackle or a guard.

  9. cletusvandam says: Jul 23, 2012 1:47 PM

    Does this mean the Raiders have confidence in D. Heyward-Bey or Carolina doesn’t have any in B. Lafell?

  10. jgedgar70 says: Jul 23, 2012 1:48 PM

    Word on the street is that Oakland is getting David Gettis, our 6th-round pick in 2010 from Baylor. Had 2 terrific games for the 2-14 Panthers, then tore his ACL on the first day of 2011 camp. As far as I can tell, I am the only NC resident that doesn’t think he’s going to be all-world. Never understood the faith people here have in him, since he only had 2 good games for a 2-14 team, but everyone around here loves him. If his knee is OK, he is the stereotypical Raiders receiver – can run the 40 in about a second and a half, has never run any route except fly, and fair to good hands.

  11. 808raiderinparadise says: Jul 23, 2012 1:50 PM

    Wildy inconsistent WR. Although he did catch “passes” from Russell for 1.5 yrs then Burce Gradkowski, Mcnown, Bolller, Palmer and any and all inbetween.

    He is not an intermediate pass catcher, as he has t-rex arms in traffic, but he can work the deep seems, fade routes and his speed was always good for a big reverse run play every so often, solid blocker.

    Interested to see the pick for the trade … or player? Murphy was a 4th rounder out of Florida, in the Tebow offense, in the shadows of Percey Harvin.

  12. carolinareppin says: Jul 23, 2012 1:54 PM

    Ok well hope he is better than plaxico…. thought we were deep on receivers this year….. lets go carolina

  13. wcman says: Jul 23, 2012 2:00 PM

    Good move for the Raiders. There was a good chance he wasn’t going to make the final roster and they also free up some more cap room. Also good for the Panthers as Murphy has some ability, but couldn’t stay healthy the past couple of years. If they can keep him on the field he’ll help them.

  14. villa41 says: Jul 23, 2012 2:00 PM

    This is an indication of just how strong this roster is shaping up. Great move, Reggie, in getting something for a guy who no doubt was going to be cut in a few months. With Criner, Moore, Ford, DBH, and Streeter there was simply no more room for a guy with questionable hands and alligator arms.

    Even if this turns out to be a low draft pick this is a good move.

  15. joetoronto says: Jul 23, 2012 2:02 PM

    I wish him and the Panthers the best, but ever since seeing him alligator arm a deep ball, I’ve lost respect for him.

    Hopefully, he’ll change his ways.

  16. gotampabay52 says: Jul 23, 2012 2:04 PM

    Carolina panthers with washed up gators equals losing season this year film is out on fig newton you all going to suck this year

  17. mullman7675 says: Jul 23, 2012 2:06 PM

    When did Bruce Campbell become “a talented tackle”? C’mon Darin, are you one of the many who hate the RAIDERS? I remember Campbell as a beast at the combine, but a player that couldn’t crack the staring lineup for what, 3 seasons?

    I remember Kiper claiming that Campbell would be Al’s (RIP) 1st rd pick and he got him in the 4th, wisely.

    It sucks that Murphy is gone but with Criner flashing in OTAs, Ford and Moore looking like solid NFL receivers and DHB finally contributing the RAIDERS have a good, young WR core. Look for the
    RAIDERS to finish in the Top 10 in receiving, rushing amd total offense in 2012.

    If the defense finishes in the Top 16 the RAIDERS will win the West.

  18. beckzhere says: Jul 23, 2012 2:30 PM

    I hate to say it, but the Panthers might be tough this year.

  19. nflofficeadmin says: Jul 23, 2012 2:30 PM

    Very talented player. He should develop nicely while seeing more PT in carolina.

  20. rraider says: Jul 23, 2012 2:31 PM

    Remember the huge catch he made in his 1st game on MNF against SD. Should of had 2 TD’s that game except for that hold the ball through the ground ruling. Was light years ahead of DHB for 1st 2 years then seemed to fall out of favor with Hue. Good luck.

  21. whateverhommie says: Jul 23, 2012 2:32 PM

    Murphy WILL help upgrade that Panther offense. Murphy has good speed and a natural/fluid receiving mechanics.

  22. tzoppi says: Jul 23, 2012 3:26 PM

    They traded Murphy for a 2013 5th round pick… I like it…

  23. pnthrz1 says: Jul 23, 2012 5:23 PM

    I like the move. If they bring enough receivers in, the odds are the Panthers will eventually find someone to compliment Smith.
    We have “AL speed” on the team now, lol.

  24. covercorner says: Jul 23, 2012 5:26 PM

    Good move for the Panthers.

  25. JSpicoli says: Jul 23, 2012 5:26 PM

    mullman7675 says:Jul 23, 2012 2:06 PM

    When did Bruce Campbell become “a talented tackle”? C’mon Darin, are you one of the many who hate the RAIDERS? I remember Campbell as a beast at the combine, but a player that couldn’t crack the staring lineup for what, 3 seasons?

    I remember Kiper claiming that Campbell would be Al’s (RIP) 1st rd pick and he got him in the 4th, wisely.

    It sucks that Murphy is gone but with Criner flashing in OTAs, Ford and Moore looking like solid NFL receivers and DHB finally contributing the RAIDERS have a good, young WR core. Look for the
    RAIDERS to finish in the Top 10 in receiving, rushing amd total offense in 2012.

    If the defense finishes in the Top 16 the RAIDERS will win the West.

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    ^^^^^ This

  26. raiderapologist says: Jul 23, 2012 9:46 PM

    Murphy has good deep speed, but is a bit shy in crowds. He reminds me of James Jett. If McKenzie gets a 5th for him it’s a decent trade for both clubs.

  27. carolina1cam says: Jul 23, 2012 11:19 PM

    I’m liking these Raider fans comments. No negativity, just a bunch of good football conversation. Refreshing to read. Hope the deal works out for us. Murphy is solid and I think he’s gonna get a good bit of playing time having a decent amount of experience. Go Panthers!

  28. Raider-in-PA says: Jul 24, 2012 2:09 PM

    I always liked Murph and a couple years back he looked like a top 3 receiver… Seems to have gotten lost in the crowd however with all of the young talent at WR… If he had to go, glad he went to a team that I have no beef against… Nice pickup for Carolina, best of luck to you Louis!!

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