5:39 p.m.: ESPN New York reports that the St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings are not interested in restricted free agent wide receiver Victor Cruz.
1:55 p.m.: Dan Connor is your new middle linebacker.
Dan Connor signs one year deal with Giants, per league source.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 16, 2013
1:32 p.m.: The Giants are hosting a potential replacement for Martellus Bennett.
Murphy, who will be 26 next season, is a four-year veteran. He spent three seasons with the Oakland Raiders and played last season with the Carolina Panthers. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Murphy was a fourth-round pick by the Raiders in 2009.
In four seasons Murphy has 115 career receptions, seven for touchdowns, and has averaged 14.8 yards per reception. He started five games for the Panthers last season, catching 25 passes.
Hixon caught 39 passes for the Giants in 2012. Barden caught 14. Oddly, both are considered potential free-agent targets for the Panthers.
Murphy will compete with Jerrel Jernigan to be the team's fourth wide receiver.
The Giants were also reportedly hosting former Panthers and Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Dan Connor today. With Chase Blackburn a free agent the Giants have a vacancy at middle linebacker.