No. 5 – Panthers WR Curtis Samuel
A few wide receivers came off the board on Day 1 of free agency, but the teams didn’t move from the top down. A mix of pass catchers received deals, some of them less lucrative than others. At the end of the day, players like Corey Davis, Nelson Agholor, and Kendrick Bourne left with contracts, but other high-profile players like Kenny Golladay and Curtis Samuel remain unsigned.
With almost $30 million left in cap space after signing quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Washington Football Team has some room to indulge in the remaining crop of receivers. And it comes as no surprise that Curtis Samuel remains one of the top fits for the burgundy and gold.
We all know Samuel would be an excellent fit for Scott Turner’s scheme. And we all know he’d provide Washington’s offense with a dynamic run-after-catch element that they somewhat lacked in 2020.
But Samuel also fits the team’s contention window. It’s unlikely they’ll contend with Ryan Fitzpatrick or Taylor Heinicke or Kyle Allen at the helm in 2020, so they need to add players who can encumber that bridge year without losing scarce prime years. Samuel is that kind of player, as he’s still just 24 years old. And perhaps, after getting through the first day, they might be able to get him at a little bit of a discount.