UPDATED: The Raiders confirmed the trade, stating only that they had traded Murphy for an undisclosed draft pick. There are multiple sources stating it was a conditional late round pick. This means that it is likely a 6th or 7th round selection with the possibility of upgrading if Murphy's play or playing time meets certain specified conditions.
Even with the trade result only being a late round pick this is still a good trade for the Raiders. Murphy was likely no higher than 5th or 6th on the depth chart and was no lock to make the final roster. He was also in the last year of his rookie contract. The Raiders will be able to make some use of the pick in next year's draft and have a number of young, promising wide receivers already on the roster.
Per multiple sources the Raiders have traded Louis Murphy, a former 4th round selection out of Florida, for a 4th or 5th round selection in next year's draft.
Murphy was a talented but inconsistent receiver over his first three seasons. At times he appeared to be the Raiders best wide receiver and many looked to him as a possible future star. However, last season he all but disappeared even when healthy and active. Prior to the trade he was considered a bubble player and no guarantee to make the team.
If the Raiders did, indeed, get a 4th or 5th round pick out of the trade they came out well for a player that was to be their 5th or 6th receiver on the depth chart coming into camp.
Murphy has 90 career receptions and has amassed 1371 yards with 6 receiving TDs in his career. He has one career rushing TD.
Last season, Murphy played in 11 games, starting one, and ended the season with 15 receptions for 241 yards and no receiving TDs.
@AsherMathews it was a article posted today didn't get to read it but looked at headline and made it seem as if mckenzie traded out of anger
Everyone pretty much saw this coming form a mile away. I was hoping we would get something that could be of more value to us this season. Well, maybe we can do something with that additional cap space now.
Not surprised by this trade at all. The Raiders are building an incredible group at wide receiver, and even DHB may soon find himself fighting for minutes on the field......
This I like... I think I said a few months ago that I would like it if we traded Murphy but I doubted his value. If we got either and 4th/5th round then this would be great.
He was certainly on the bubble and the WR contest looks in camp looks to be very strong! Why not get something for him.
Not only have we got more cap space now (reading estimates of 6m) but now we have more picks and we know Reggie likes his picks.
I wonder.... if we could see Mike Mitchell traded?
@AimeeZags @lostg3 he really could use a fresh start elsewhere. Needs to stay healthy. #wontbemissedbyme
@adamblazers @lostg3 - yeah I tend to agree!!!! We got some young studs at receiver especially Criner and Moore!