Latest on the Panthers’ stance on trading Curtis Samuel
The Carolina Panthers have added quite a few wide receivers this offseason, leading some to believe that Curtis Samuel could be traded. On the contrary, the Panthers have no intention of trading Samuel this offseason.
So far this offseason, Carolina has signed Robby Anderson, Seth Roberts, Pharoh Cooper and Keith Kirkwood. In addition, the Panthers re-signed DeAndrew White, to give them 10 wide receivers on the roster.
Despite the number of receivers on the roster, Samuel isn’t being shopped in trade talks by the Panthers. With Carolina replacing quarterback Cam Newton with Teddy Bridgewater, they are surrounding him with as many weapons as possible.
Samuel, a second-round pick in 2017, has been used in a variety of ways in Carolina’s offense in his first three seasons. Just this past season, the former Buckeye recorded a career-high 54 receptions for 627 yards and six touchdowns.
Of course, we’ve heard teams say that they aren’t shopping a player, just for them to get traded soon after. For instance, the New York Giants signed Odell Beckham Jr. to an extension prior to the 2018 season.
Before trading him to the Cleveland Browns, the Giants were adamant that they didn’t sign him just to trade him. But then a year later, they sent the Pro Bowl wideout to Cleveland for draft picks and Jabrill Peppers.
Even though Samuel isn’t the same caliber of player as Beckham, the Panthers would likely be willing to listen to offers for him. Unless they get an irrefutable offer for Samuel, it seems as if he will play the final year of his contract in Carolina.