The Buccaneers gave wide receiver Louis Murphy a nice Christmas gift, announcing a three-year contract extension with the St. Petersburg, Fla. native on Friday. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Murphy played in 11 games this season with three starts, while catching 31 passes for 380 yards and two touchdowns in his six-year career.
In his Tampa Bay debut in Week 4, Murphy caught six passes for 99 yards, including a 41-yarder in the fourth quarter at Pittsburgh to help the Bucs beat the Steelers, 27-24. Murphy caught his two touchdowns over the next two games at New Orleans and against Baltimore.
Murphy produced one 100-yard game, an eight-catch, 113-yard effort at Chicago that included a season-long 54-yard reception. He was placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury following Tampa Bay’s 19-17 defeat at Carolina.
With Murphy under contract through 2015 and beyond, the Bucs’ receiving corps received a boost heading into next season. The journeyman receiver had been on his fourth team in four years prior to signing a one-year deal worth $730,000 in Tampa Bay in 2014.
Murphy’s most productive seasons came in his first two years with Oakland. He caught 34 passes for 521 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie in 2009 and had a career-high 41 receptions for 609 yards and two scores in 2010.
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No problem here…….but!
I don’t have a problem with Murphy being extended. Don’t know what the sense of urgency was, but wouldn’t you want the next OC to be involved in the offense going forward? Is the autocracy still in effect?
2014 season offensive decisions, save Evans, give me pause!
Mac you took the words right out of my mouth. The only offensive position I’m comfortable getting before the OC is the quarterback.
Good signing, but I hope they aren’t still considering a trade or cutting VJ. He is still needed here and we have plenty of money so the cap should not be a concern.
At Bucco63 I couldnt agree with you more. Great sign but plz do not trade or cut vjax. Fan favorite and a teacher for our younger ones. (MIKE EVANS)
Meh. 31 catches over three years. Color me ecstatic…
Why extend a WR that was cut this year? Don’t understand some of these moves the Buc’s make. Overnight this WE deserves a contract extension?
Sorry about the auto correct, change WE and add WR.
Maybe Arroyo stays as OC which I would be good with and he has already started deciding who he wants of the Offense? I bet there is OL changes because that is the glaring need besides a QB. Who knows we might still pick up another QB from within the NFL and trade that No. 1 pick away. We were in most games. Based on that theory QB may not be the No. 1 priority.
Kinderrt, he never should of been cut in the first place.
Buc-Up, They also cut Patton and then brought him back. Looks like they have problems evaluating talent. That my friend has been a problem for the last ten years.
Murphy was cut at the conclusion of pre-season because he was hurt and would have taken a much valued roster spot while unable to play. It was a calculated risk to assume he’d remain available “on the street.” Once healthy, he was quickly re-signed. As our # 3 receiver, I thought he deserved to return to his hometown team. Signing a mid-level player doesn’t guarantee him a roster spot and it certainly doesn’t affect the status of Vincent Jackson.
31 catches, 380 yards and 2 TD’S gets you a new 3 year deal? Only in Tampa.
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