Raiders trade Louis Murphy to the Panthers

Deal for Oakland: Oakland has an incredible depth of wide receivers, with two solid starters in Darrius Heyward-Bey and breakout candidate Denarius Moore, the speedy Jacoby Ford, impressive 5th round rookie Juron Criner, and Rod Streater, an impressive undrafted rookie. All of these players are very young as well, with none being drafted before the 2009 NFL Draft. That left Louis Murphy fighting for a roster spot, in spite of the fact that he is also young and talented. He deserves to be on a roster somewhat and credit the Raiders for getting something for him (a conditional late round pick), rather than having to cut him or another young talented receiver for nothing.

Grade: A

Deal for Carolina: For Carolina, this is them taking a flier on a young, talented, and cheap receiver and adding depth to a position where they need it. Murphy, a 2009 4th round pick, has 90 career catches for 1341 yards and 6 touchdowns. He’s only 25 and owed just 1.26 million this season. He could push David Gettis for the #3 receiver job. Gettis will begin Training Camp on the active/PUP list 11 months after tearing his ACL. At the very least, he’s an upgrade over unproven 4th round rookie Joe Adams as the 4th receiver.

Grade: A

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