By Lewis Gould
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel is signing a three-year, $34.5 million deal with the WFT.
A second-round draft pick by the Panthers out of Ohio State in 2017, Samuel finally met expectations this past season under offensive coordinator Joe Brady, who took advantage of the speedster’s ability to play wideout and running back as he did in college.
Samuel had a career-best 77 catches for 851 yards and 41 rushes for 200 yards as Brady used the 24-year-old the way he planned to use running back Christian McCaffrey, who missed 13 games with injuries.
Samuel’s most impressive stat this past season was a catch rate (79.4%) that led all NFL receivers and was well ahead of his 56.3% rate over the previous three seasons. He also became one of the league leaders on third-down catches for first downs.