Nov 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) and wide receiver Louis Murphy Jr. (18) celebrate Murphy

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Add Wide Receiver and Former Gator Louis Murphy


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.

 

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.

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  • victorbarney

    Fans, I’m feeling even better than I felt when I had heard John Gruden was coming to Tampa Bay, although it appeared that management then really didn’t even support him once they got him? However, I really feel that Tampa Bay finally was put “winners” ahead of management and we’ll soon see the results if I’m seeing things correctly, that is. Watch…

    • joe f.

      I agree with victorbarney this will be a much better team with much better coaching staff. Playoffs are possible now. ” 2014 GO BUCS “

      • victorbarney

        joe f. I’ll have even a better outlook for the Bucs and the Playoffs picture after the draft, but I’m confident because I finally love everything that the current Tampa Bay management team is doing from top to bottom!

        • joe f.

          victorbarney,
          I agree. But I still think they need to pick a Q.B. in the draft. Unless Lovie has some kind of plan in mind. But I can’t imagine what it could be?

          • victorbarney

            I 100% AGREE with you joe f.! They need the BEST QUARTERBACK FOR TAMPA BAY IN THE DRAFT TOO! No MATTER what…

          • joe f.

            Yes they do Victorbarney Yes they do. I think I’ve said it before but i will say it one more time. I really don’t know why but I’m thinking that Derek carr would be a good fit with the BUCS. I don’t know if that can happen but for some reason I just think it would be a good match.

          • victorbarney

            Only time will tell Joe, but just maybe what you suggest may occur?

          • joe f.

            victorbarney,
            Well time is beginning to run out. I’m sure most teams already have those picks in mind. So if the BUCS don’t get a chance at Derek Carr who then? And please don’t say Johnny manziel I really believe he is going to end up a bust in the N.F.L. Yes he is good but he is all about himself I don’t think he’s a team player and with that said When he gets drafted he better hope it’s to a team with not just a good o-line but it better be a great o-line because there are going to be a lot of N.F.L. players that are going to ring his bell. He already put a target on himself. And with that said I don’t think his N.F.L. carrier will last very long. With a little bit of luck maybe 3 years. Lovie is to smart to take some one like him even if they had a chance.Well victor you know me buy know BUCS AND DEREK CARR. keeping my fingers crossed.

          • victorbarney

            Yes joe f., time is running out, but just watch…Remember: Rome wasn’t built in a day either, only destroyed by the northern hoards of Israel in a day… I’m just saying, again, watch…

  • joe f.

    I hate when they keep saying there trying to find a W.R. in the draft for the ageing Vincent Jackson was anyone watching him last season he was and is by far the best receiver the BUCS have and he still has a few more years left in him. Last season he was pretty much a one man show as far as a receiver. He is probable one of the best W.R.’s that the Bucs ever had. The way he played last season with out a very good Q.B. i MEAN Glennon held his own for what he was thrown into but Jackson had to make some pretty great catches that any other receiver on the team couldn’t have come close to catching. He still has a good three or four years left in him yes he has slowed down a little but he makes plays when ever needed even some that well I don’t know how he was able to catch some of them.