The deal, which was first reported by Pro Football Talk, may spell the end of Domenik Hixon's tenure with the team. However, with Murphy's lack of experience as a return man, he may just be seen as a replacement for Ramses Barden, who has already stated it is in his best interest to move on.
Originally a fourth-round pick of the Oakland Raiders in the 2009 NFL Draft, Murphy spent the 2012 season with Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. He hauled in 25 passes (60 targets) for 336 yards and a touchdowns. However, although he averaged 13.4 yards per reception, Pro Football Focus notes that he averaged only 0.86 yards per route run last year – third lowest of any wide receiver in the league.
In 57 career games, Murphy has hauled in 115 receptions for 1,707 yards and seven touchdowns. He's also been known to run the ball of a time or two, gaining 146 yards on 14 attempts (10.4 ypc).
And for those that will immediately go to Google and search, don't bother. While at FLorida, Murphy returned only three kicks for 41 yards (13.7 yards per return).
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