Due to other injuries on the Carolina Panthers, Curtis Samuel was thrown into a larger role this season, and he thrived. The fourth-year receiver totaled over 1,000 yards from scrimmage for the first time in his career. He also found the end zone five times.
Samuel is a young, talented, versatile option in free agency that will likely be a hot commodity. With a number of teams needing the services of someone like Samuel, these are the three most likely destinations for him.
1. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts have a lot of money to spend and a roster ready to compete for a Super Bowl. Arguably their biggest weakness is at wide receiver. The only have Michael Pittman Jr. returning as a legitimate option right now. If they re-sign T.Y. Hilton, Samuel would still be a great addition to work the short to intermediate routes.
2. Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins are another team with money and a big need at wide receiver. Whether it's Tua Tagovailoa or someone else throwing passes for the Dolphins next season, they need to get their quarterback some receiving options. Signing Samuel and another established free agent would go a long way in making this offense one that needs to be respected in the AFC.
3. Carolina Panthers
The Panthers have the money to spend on Samuel and it's clear that he was a big part of their gameplan this past season. There is a fairly strong chance that he is back, catching passes from whoever they decide to be their starting quarterback. Given what they are building under Matt Rhule, Samuel's versatility will be needed.
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