With each passing day Louis Murphy’s trade value was decreasing. We still don’t know the exact value of the draft pick the Raiders got in exchange for Murphy
but anything, even a seventh round selection, is better than nothing at all. Had Reggie McKenzie let the Murphy saga play itself out through training camp then odds are the Raiders would have painted themselves into a corner.
After injury and the emergence of Denarius Moore claimed much of Murphy’s 2011 season it was obvious that his job was going to be on the line entering 2012. Toss in the early returns on rookies Juron Criner and Rod Streater and it looked all but certain that Murphy’s presence was going to create some tough decisions for the coaching staff.
Safe to say that one way or another the Raiders were likely going to enter the 2012 regular season without Murphy on the roster.
That’s why McKenzie did well for himself by getting a draft pick in exchange for the former 4th round pick. Had it come down to the final cut down day then odds are Murphy would have been the odd man out. That would have left Oakland with nothing more than an open roster spot and some savings applied to the salary cap for their troubles.
Instead, McKenzie opted to get something of value while Murphy is still a sought after commodity. Had the Raiders waited until camp commenced to deal Murphy then his value would have decreased more once word spread that two rookies (one a 5th round pick the other undrafted) were ahead of him on the depth chart.
Though he was a fan favorite Murphy’s inconsistent play proved problematic. He never firmly established himself as a reliable receiver often making impossible catches look easy while dropping perfectly placed passes.
From where I sit McKenzie not only did the absolute right thing but did so in a way that will be beneficial to all parties involved.