|Louis Murphy was traded from the Oakland Raiders to the Carolina Panthers on Monday. (David Stluka/Associated Press)|
Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reported Monday that Murphy is headed to the Carolina Panthers via trade, and NFL Network's Michael Lombardi later confirmed. The Raiders received a conditional late-round draft pick for Murphy, a source with knowledge of the situation told Lomardi.
The Raiders confirmed the trade later Monday afternoon.
It also makes sense that the Panthers would add a young, productive player. Murphy led the Raiders' receiving corps with 41 catches and 609 yards as a 23-year-old in 2010. He can be inconsistent, but he has shown big-play ability since entering the NFL. Carolina's wideout group is wide open after Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell.
Acquiring Murphy is a sign that Carolina might not be sure what it has with reserves David Gettis, Seyi Ajirotutu and rookie Joe Adams. Former third-round draft pick Armanti Edwards seems as good as gone from the roster.
Cam Newton needs more weapons around him in the passing game. Murphy is worth taking a flier on.
UPDATE: Murphy later tweeted about his excitement in joining the Panthers.
Louis Murphy Jr (@murph918) July 24, 2012
UPDATE: Adam Schefter of ESPN reports the Raiders received a conditional seventh-round pick in the exchange.