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Buccaneers sign Louis Murphy to multi-year extension

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed wide receiver Louis Murphy to a multi-year extension, the team announced today. Murphy was signed as an unrestricted free agent this year, and put up 31 catches for 380 yards in 11 games, mostly as a third receiver. He ended the season on injured reserve with a short-term injury.

The 6'2", 200 lbs. veteran was a solid complement to Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson this year, so keeping him around a little longer makes perfect sense. There's a chance he'll be asked to start next year, if the Bucs decide that $10 million is to pay a declining Vincent Jackson -- but I'd expect him to be the Bucs' third receiver when all is said and done.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Scott Smith of notes it's a three-year deal. The contract should be fairly low-cost for the Bucs, given Murphy's overall mediocre production in his NFL career.