ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the Carolina Panthers will send the Oakland Raiders a conditional seventh-round pick for receiver Louis Murphy. The deal will be contingent on Murphy making the 53-man roster, which he should.
I’m not surprised the compensation is low. The price tag for average players is just not high. This trade is a little risky for Oakland. If rookies Juron Criner and Rod Streater aren’t ready to contribute, the team could miss Murphy. He was a solid possession receiver when healthy.
In other AFC West news:
Oakland receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey pleaded no contest to drunk driving charges Monday stemming from an April arrest. He will now enter the NFL’s substance abuse program if he isn’t already in the confidential program. He could potentially face a short NFL suspension.
Oft-injured San Diego linebacker Larry English was among the handful of veterans who practiced with the Chargers’ rookies Monday. English, the No. 16 overall pick in 2009, is facing a make-or-break season in San Diego.
As expected, San Diego first-round pick Melvin Ingram is working on defensive line spots as well as linebacker. He is a versatile player who the team will often move around. But linebacker will likely be his primary spot.
The Chargers are putting rookie guard Johnnie Troutman on the physically unable to perform list as expected. He suffered an arm injury prior to the draft. The team thinks he should be ready to play later this season.
The 49ers signed former Denver safety Darcel McBath.