New home for former Raider Louis Murphy

New home for former Raider Louis Murphy
March 19, 2013, 1:45 pm
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Louis Murphy caught 90 passes for 1,371 yards and 6 TDs in 41 games with the Raiders. (AP IMAGES)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.  — With leading receiver Victor Cruz still unsigned, the New York Giants have added Louis Murphy.

The Giants on Tuesday confirmed the signing of the speedy receiver who played last season with Carolina. The five-year veteran has 115 receptions for 1,707 yards and seven touchdowns, including 25 catches with the Panthers in 2012.

Murphy was Oakland's fourth-round draft choice in 2009. In his three seasons with the Raiders, Murphy caught 90 passes for 1,371 yards and 6 TDs in 41 games. He also ran 13 times for 143 yards and a TD. 

Murphy's best game with the Raiders came during his rookie season in a 27-24 win on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 6, 2009. He reeled in four passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns, the second a go-ahead strike with 0:15 left on the clock.

The Giants have now signed seven free agents from other teams. In addition to Murphy, they have added placekicker Josh Brown (Cincinnati), linebacker Dan Connor (Dallas), defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (Philadelphia), tight end Brandon Myers (Oakland), safety Ryan Mundy (Pittsburgh) and cornerback Aaron Ross (Jacksonville).

The Giants have made a first-round tender to Cruz, meaning they will receive a first-round draft pick if he signs elsewhere and the Giants do not match the offer.

Associated Press contributed to this story.