The Raiders confirmed the trade of Murphy to the Carolina Panthers. The Raiders said they received an undisclosed conditional draft choice for Murphy. It is likely a third-day pick based on Murphy's 2012 production.
This trade is not surprising. I have thought Murphy would likely be moved later in the summer if the Raiders’ young pieces at receiver continue to develop. The fact that the trade has already been made is a sign Oakland is confident in its crew of receivers.
Promising youngsters Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey are expected to start with the explosive Jacoby Ford playing a role. Rookies Juron Criner and Rod Streater were terrific in the offseason and both have a chance to play.
That left Murphy in a tough spot. The fourth-round pick in 2009 was productive in his first two NFL seasons, but injuries kept him from making an impact last season.
Murphy is a good, solid possession receiver. But he was expendable in Oakland as the Raiders turn to other youngsters at the position.