Why the Panthers should not trade Curtis Samuel after signing Robby Anderson
The Carolina Panthers have landed Robby Anderson in free agency, inking him to a two-year deal worth $20 million. With Anderson joining Carolina’s offense, many are being led to believe that the Panthers could make Curtis Samuel available via trade.
Anderson, who spent the past four seasons with the New York Jets, figures to be a vertical threat in Carolina’s aerial attack. On the other hand, D.J. Moore will continue to be the Panthers’ No. 1 wide receiver in the offense.
Even though teams around the NFL are trending toward running their offenses with three wide receivers, Samuel could be expendable. With that being said, here is why the Panthers shouldn’t trade Samuel after signing Anderson.
Joe Brady’s offense thrives with three capable receivers
Besides hiring Matt Rhule as their next head coach, the Panthers also named Joe Brady as their next offensive coordinator. Brady comes from LSU, where he helped orchestrate one of the best offenses in college football history in 2019.
While Brady wasn’t the main play-caller at LSU, he was the passing game coordinator. Therefore, he was in charge of manufacturing plays in important moments and was crucial to what personnel was being utilized.
For the most part, Brady’s offense typically features at least three receivers on the field. Given that, having a trio of Anderson, Moore, and Samuel seems to be an ideal scenario for the first-year offensive coordinator.
So far in his career, Samuel has mainly been used as a slot receiver or as an offensive weapon of sorts. Having Anderson and Samuel in the offense together would give Brady a ton of versatility at the receiver position. Also, with Teddy Bridgewater becoming the starter, wouldn’t it make sense to give him a better chance to succeed?
Samuel isn’t an expensive contract
The Panthers selected Samuel in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. As a second-round pick, the former Buckeye signed a four-year, $6.4 million contract, with his final year coming in 2020.
Some people would try and move Samuel since he is entering the final year of his contract. However, the speedy wideout is only a $2 million cap hit next season.
By trading Samuel, the Panthers would only create a mere $1.3 million in cap savings. At the same time, Carolina probably wouldn’t get much in return for Samuel in a trade.
In his first three seasons, Samuel has notched a total of 108 receptions, 1,236 yards, and 11 touchdowns. Even though his skill set is valuable for most offenses, he wouldn’t have much value on the trade market.
Provided that, the Panthers should hold onto Samuel and allow him to get a chance to thrive in the team’s revamped offense in 2020.