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WR Curtis Samuel joins Washington on a reported 3-yr, $34.5m deal

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Update: Contract details

Update: Officially Official

Another Carolina Panther is coming to Washington to join Ron Rivera, but this time it’s a signing that many in the fan base have been eagerly awaiting. Less than 8 hours after the new league year officially began, but a couple of days after the start of the “legal tampering” period, it has been reported that the Washington Football Team and WR Curtis Samuel have agreed to a contract that many have been predicting for months.

A former Ohio State receiver, Samuel has been a versatile weapon during his 4 years in the NFL, after being drafted in the second round of the 2017 draft.

Samuel has seen his receptions and receiving yards increase annually in the Panthers offense along with 4 years of increasing production as part of the Carolina run game. He also returned kicks during his first two years in the league.

Samuel is a (very fast) receiver who can line up in the slot or on the outside; with his ability to add rushing yards, he seems to be a great fit for the type of offense that Scott Turner is trying to put on the field. His signing upgrades the Washington receiving corps and opens up the possibility that Washington may draft another player with the ability to stretch the field and stress the defense to line up wide opposite Terry McLaurin.

With the earlier announced signings of Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback and William Jackson III at cornerback in conjunction with the re-signing of several players from the 2020 roster, the front office seems to have set themselves up to be able to patiently sign more veterans during the second (cheaper) wave of free agency and beyond, and enter the April draft with a limited number of roster holes to plug.