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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sign Former New York Giants WR Louis Murphy to One-Year Deal

March 27th, 2014 at 10:00 AM
By Doug Rush

Almost 10 days after making his initial free agent visit in search of a new home, former New York Giants wide receiver Louis Murphy found a new place to call home for the 2014 season.

On Wednesday, Murphy and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to terms on a one-year deal to lure the veteran wide receiver back to his hometown state and to his fourth team in the NFL.

The other team that was interested in Murphy's services were the Cincinnati Bengals, but the Buccaneers seemed to be the most aggressive for his services and ended up striking the deal after making his initial visit almost two weeks ago. Murphy is the second former Giants player to head to the Buccaneers in free agency; Brandon Myers agreed to a two-year deal with Tampa Bay and will have at least one familiar face from a year ago when they play under Lovie Smith.

The University of Florida alum will now play for his fourth team in the NFL with since coming into the league in 2009 with the Oakland Raiders. Murphy showed promise when he caught 34 passes for 521 yards and four touchdowns, which was then followed by a season of 41 catches for 609 yards and two touchdowns in 2010.

Murphy had two unproductive seasons with the Carolina Panthers in 2011-2012 before signing a one-year deal with the Giants last March. In 14 games, he had just six catches for 37 yards and one touchdown — perhaps the most disappointing season of his five-year career.

When Murphy was first signed by the Giants, many around the team had extremely high hopes for him — especially with both Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks holding out during mini-camp, Manning was able to develop an early rapport with Murphy, but that never transitioned onto the field and thus, Murphy found himself like Myers looking for a new address of employment and is now a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster.

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15 Responses to “Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sign Former New York Giants WR Louis Murphy to One-Year Deal”

  1.  Krow says:

    Remember when he was going to ‘take the top off opposing defenses’? Good times … good times.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      I bought into that pretty hard. Truth be told, I still think he could have done that but was never given the chance. My point was he DIDN’T EVEN HAVE TO CATCH THE BALL, all he had to do was go deep with that speed in order to stretch out the safeties and give the underneath stuff more room.

      Among other things, I think failure to use him that way was a good reason to dump Gilbride. They should have dumped his son too, but I guess keeping him was the price of having Gilbride leave without Mara having to force Coughlin to fire him.

  2.  skinnydoogan says:

    He wanted to be warmer while sitting on the bench.

  3.  GIANTT says:

    Y a w n – sorry , did I miss something ?

  4.  skinnydoogan says:

    Just realized Brandon Myers signed there too. There going to need a bigger bench.

  5.  fanfor55years says:

    fanfor55years says:
    March 27, 2014 at 9:10 AM
    Yeah, well safety is a position at which we’re deep, though as part of any “succession planning” Reese might pick one up deep into the draft. But I think this is the least likely of all positions (other than quarterback) to be addressed this May by the Giants.

    We’ve witnessed Phase I of the reconstruction of this team into a championship contender while it still has one of the few franchise quarterbacks in the NFL. These things go in cycles even for the best organizations. After you’ve built a champion you get eroded by time and free agency as age saps the talent out of your team and money attracts it away (or prevents you from acquiring it because you’ve had to pay for championship quality and consequently used up your cap space). John Mara and Jerry Reese started demolition of an aged, overpaid, complacent, team this off-season and changed coaches and started the acquisition of new talent (to be joined, presumably, by the fulfillment of potential of a number of the players drafted in 2012-2013). But this is just Phase I.

    Phase II is this draft coming in May, and given that it is a deep draft and that we have a much higher draft slot than has been the case in most years, this is an absolutely critical part of this process. It’s very simple: they MUST have a great draft. A 2007-like draft. Mediocre won’t cut it. Even a B-quality draft isn’t good enough. They need to hit a home run.

    Phase III will be the evolving nature of the offense under McAdoo and the team figuring out an identity on both sides of the ball in 2014. Phase IV will be the 2014-2015 off-season when a lot of money will come off the cap and the combination of free agency and the draft will allow this team to enter the 2015 season absolutely primed to compete for the Lombardi, and frankly, expected to so compete. I think what was done over the past few months actually made them a long-shot contender for a title this season (something I never expected), but if they do things right in these next few phases of this rebuild-on-the-fly they should become looked at the way Seattle, San Francisco, Denver and New England are being looked at now.

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    jfunk says:
    March 27, 2014 at 9:18 AM
    As great as all of Jerry’s transactions look right now, it’s important that we remember nobody bats 1.000. Some of these guys are going to flame out or get hurt. When it happens, that doesn’t mean they weren’t good signings, it’s just the way things go.

    However, if 2/3 of his signings (and draft picks) are productive returning members of the 2015 squad, that team will have a LOT fewer holes to fill and be very much in the position of looking for a “a couple missing pieces”.

    Our shot in 2014 is a super long one. That’s better than most of us expected because it exists at all…but literally EVERYTHING has to go right for us not to wind up playing deep into January.

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    fanfor55years says:
    March 27, 2014 at 10:26 AM
    Absolutely right. Stuff happens. And I think most fans fail to understand that a “great” draft means you hit on 2-3 players but still cannot find quality throughout any draft.

    If Reese comes out of May with one player who will start from Day 1 (a la Pugh in 2013 even if that wasn’t Coughlin’s intent as camp commenced) and two will will start at some point within the next 12 months that would be a great draft. That. essentially, was what the 2007 draft turned out to be. Anything beyond that would be incredible. The thing is, this draft is filled with enough really good players that, depending upon the positions they play, the Giants COULD actually get two first-week starters out of this one. The only way that happens is if they go for offense with those first two picks, because at this point I don’t think there is a starting spot open on defense to any rookie. A rookie might be able to join the defensive end rotation, but would probably be the guy to get the fewest snaps.

    And for the above reason, and the comments made by John Mara, I still think the most likely scenario is that the Giants go for an offensive lineman and a receiver with their first two picks. I would not even begin to guess in what order, but I think that is the best way to add two starters in 2014 and I think they will definitely be looking for starters, not projects.

  6.  BigBlueGiant says:

    louis murphy. heh.

  7.  Krow says:

    The draft is like walking into a restaurant. You have a hankering for lasagna. But the restaurant turns out to be a stakehouse. Oh sure, they can whip up a lasagna for you. They did one back in ’06. But do you really want it? Maybe you should have a steak huh.

    In other words, you want a player who can start … immediately … and maybe be a difference maker. You can’t zero in on a position or two. Do that and you lose value.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Reese has probably set himself up to go BPA, but as we all know, that really means “modified BPA” since their positional weighting seriously influences final grades that get players higher or lower on their board.

      I agree that they have to go for a starter who can potentially be a difference-maker. And at #12, assuming they don’t trade down (or up) the two that just jump out at you are Ebron and Lewan (either, or both, of whom may not even be available at that pick). I think you can add Gilbert to that category but don’t see how he could drop past #11.

      We’re a long way from the draft and there are plenty of Pro Days to come and players sliding up and down draft boards. But I just don’t see how we can satisfy the “immediate starter and potential difference-maker” requirement any better than with a top offensive lineman. Lewan, even Martin, would seem to fit the requirement. Ebron probably would as well, but if Reese has not soured on Robinson then there would be real hesitancy in that draft room about Ebron because he doesn’t fit Coughlin’s views of what the tight end needs to do and Reese might be unwilling to fight for picking Ebron because of his hope that Robinson will break out this season (and would therefore look for a tight end later in the draft or by signing a veteran on a short-term deal for insurance).

  8.  GFansince Ninteen Forty Eight says:

    My biggest concern is howng it will 3 possibly 4 new members of the O line to mesh. On paper we look great but experience tells me we may be as bad as last year on the O line without fantastic coaching and a high player work ethic. How many games will it take before they understand and trust each other?

  9.  GFansince Ninteen Forty Eight says:

    How long. Stupid spell corrector

  10.  TrunTruGiantsFan says:

    Good riddance.

    Everytime I would go see our roster updates I’d cringe when I saw his name, wondering why the HELL he was still even on da team. SO glad he’s gone, moving on…

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