The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took another step in the right direction ahead of May’s NFL draft by filling another need with a veteran player from free agency.
According to Scott Smith of the Bucs’ official website, the team agreed to a one-year deal with Louis Murphy.
The Bucs have signed WR Louis Murphy to a one-year deal. Murphy played last year with the NYG, 2012 with Panthers and 1st 3 years in Oakland
— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) March 26, 2014
As Smith points out, Murphy has spent time in New York, Oakland and Carolina since entering the NFL. The former Gator wideout has eight career touchdowns as a receiver and one as a rusher, and has a career yards per catch average of 14.4
At this point in time, Murphy would be the third receiver behind Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams. Williams’ status with the team is in doubt due to an arrest late last season, but Murphy’s arrival does not signal that Williams is on his way out the door.
Instead, Murphy is a capable third receiver who will look to do better than last year’s veteran receiver addition, Kevin Ogletree.
The Buccaneers will almost certainly look to add a wide receiver through the draft to provide depth and to attempt to find a long-term replacement for the aging Vincent Jackson.