Tryout player signed

Coach Nick Saban said it might take some time before he determined whether any of the players who tried out during this weekend's rookie minicamp would be signed, but at least one guy made a quick impression on him. Wide receiver Frank Murphy was signed on Monday.

A four-year NFL veteran, Murphy was one of the 43 players who tried out during the minicamp.

The 29-year-old Murphy last played in the NFL with Tampa Bay in 2004 when he appeared in three games, all in a reserve role.  He spent the final 12 games of the '04 season on injured reserve with an Achilles injury.

A sixth-round draft choice of Chicago who was released by the Bears prior to the 2000 regular season, Murphy also played with the Bucs from 2000-01.  During his tenure in Tampa Bay, he caught eight passes for 71 yards and a TD.  He also appeared in five contests with Houston in 2002 and did not have a reception.

Murphy, who was out of football in 2003, has returned 31 kickoffs during his NFL career for a 21.8-yard average with a long return of 54 yards.

A college running back who played at Kansas State, Murphy is a native of Jacksonville.


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