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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