CHICAGO - AUGUST 21: Louis Murphy #18 of the Oakland Raiders runs for yardage as Charles Tillman #33 of the Chicago Bears closes in during a preseason game at Soldier Field on August 21 2010 in Chicago Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Louis Murphy has been traded from the Oakland Raiders to the Carolina Panthers, according to reports.
The Oakland Raiders have traded 6'2 wide receiver Louis Murphy to the Carolina Panthers, Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reports. There is no word yet on what the Panthers have given up in the trade. Murphy had fallen down the Raiders' depth chart after catching just 15 passes for 241 yards last season.
WR Louis Murphy traded to the Panthers— Jason Cole (@JasonColeYahoo) July 23, 2012
Murphy is entering his fourth year in the league. He has thrived as a deep threat for the Raiders as recently as two seasons ago, when he caught 41 passes for 609 yards and two touchdowns. Oakland isn't short on explosive passing targets, however, with Denarius Moore, Jacoby Ford and Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Outside of a veteran Steve Smith, the Panthers don't have much in the way of quality passing targets. Murphy could be very productive with a second-year Cam Newton throwing him the ball.