By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 at 7:59 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Profootballtalk.com is reporting that Raiders fourth-round draft pick Louis Murphy has switched agents, dumping DeBartolo Sports for Drew Rosenhaus.
Rosenhaus divulged Murphy’s signing on his Twitter account.
With Murphy being a fourth-round draft pick, it’s not likely to change the landscape. Murphy has already drawn raves from coach Tom Cable and it’s conceivable he could have as much of an impact early on as Darrius Heyward-Bey, the No. 7 overall pick who was hamstrung by his hamstring in the offseason.
Murphy was one of the receivers reported by NFL Network as having attended an informal passing camp conducted by quarterback JaMarcus Russell, even though he had yet to sign a contract.
When Jerry Rice came to the Raiders last OTA practice, he talked up Murphy as a prize prospect.
Of course, at the time, Murphy was represented by DeBartolo Sports, which counts Rice as a valued employee.
In the end, Murphy will get what a fourth-round pick gets. Russell’s holdout aside, if recent history holds, he’ll be to camp on time regardless of his representation. The best Rosenhaus can hope for is fewer years or a void if statistical or playing time incentives are met.
A pre-camp admission _ the Raiders have such an impeccable reputation (other than Russell) for bringing all their picks in on time I’ll have a hard time worrying much about who signs and when until I get to Napa and they’re not there.