Player 2: Curtis Samuel, WR
The Seahawks looked stale toward the end of the year last year. Part of that was Russell Wilson, part was coaching/play-calling. However, the wide receivers failed to consistently get open as well. The blame can surely go around.
To help remedy some of this, Seattle brought in a new offensive coordinator in Shane Waldron.
Many believe Seattle will move to a wide-zone scheme to help Russell Wilson get outside of the pocket consistently. If Shane Waldron is able to bring over some of the Rams plays to Seattle, the Seahawks will need a dual-threat wide receiver.
This is where Curtis Samuel comes in. Samuel is one of the most versatile offensive weapons in the NFL. He is coming off a career year with 77 receptions, 1051 yards from scrimmage, and 5 touchdowns despite being wide receiver number 3 in the Panther’s offense.
The Seahawks need a player who can consistently create yards after the catch. They simply don’t have that on their roster as it is now. Curtis Samuel is exactly the type of player to help accomplish just that.
A player who can catch the short pass and get some YAC. A player who can succeed off of screens and reverses. Slide him in next to DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett and watch the offense feast.
Samuel is the type of player many expected to sign on day one. However, due to the salary cap squeeze and talented draft his market, as well as other receivers, has been abysmal.
Projected contract: 3 years, $27 million.
Year 1 cap hit: $5 million.