Report: New York Giants Sign Former Panthers WR Louis Murphy to 1-Year Deal

Doug RushSenior Analyst IMarch 16, 2013

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 21:   Louis Murphy #83 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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On Friday, the New York Giants brought in Louis Murphy in for a visit with the team.

It took just one day for them to make the move and sign him.

According to Mike Florio of NBC's Pro Football Talk, the Giants have signed him to a one-year deal.

WR Louis Murphy agrees to terms on a one-year deal with the Giants, per league source.

— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 16, 2013

Murphy last played with the Carolina Panthers in 2012 and had 25 catches for 336 yards with a touchdown in 16 games played.

With Ramses Barden likely not coming back to the team and Domenik Hixon also a free agent this offseason, it makes sense why the Giants would go after another receiver like Murphy.

The Giants have their top three receiver positions all set with Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle, so Murphy will be competing for the No. 4 spot on the team.

What Murphy also brings to the Giants is blazing speed and the ability to stretch a play out once he does catch the ball, averaging 14.8 yards per reception.

Before Carolina, Murphy spent three seasons with the Oakland Raiders, as he was a fourth-round draft pick of theirs back in 2009.

His best season was his rookie year in Oakland, catching 34 passes for 521 yards and four touchdowns.

On teams like the Raiders and Panthers, he might have been a forgotten name, but in New York he'll have every opportunity to make a name for himself.

Fans love speedy players and playmakers on the field.

With a chance now to play for a Super Bowl contender, Murphy can utilize his speed playing in an offense with quality receivers and an elite quarterback in Eli Manning.

I think the Giants will still try to bring back Hixon, but adding Murphy is a good move to make just in case he does land elsewhere.