Curtis Samuel

Analysis: Curtis Samuel could be the “No. 2 weapon” Buffalo needs

This offseason the Buffalo Bills will be looking to make necessary additions to their receiving corps.

One player that that is a current favorite of Bills Mafia is free agent, Curtis Samuel.

Samuel has caught over 60 passes for over 600 yards each of the last two seasons for the Washington Commanders.

He’s a versatile weapon who has been linked to several teams during free agency including Buffalo.

Coming to Buffalo would unite Samuel with newly appointed offensive coordinator, Joe Brady. Both were in Carolina in 2020. (More on that below)

The Bills need depth at the receiver position and it has appeared obvious in recent post season losses against both the Bengals and Chiefs. Samuel may be an affordable option for Buffalo who are in a precarious position in terms of the salary cap.

They are currently over $50 million above the salary cap entering the 2024 season.

It is unlikely that Stefan Diggs will restructure his contract and it looks more and more like Gabe Davis will not be resigned this Spring.

Buffalo will need to look at less pricey options. Currently their best option behind Diggs is wide receiver Khalil Shakir, who is only a $1million cap hit for next season.

But the team’s quality depth nose dives from there.

If Samuel does sign with the Bills, he could be a great third option behind Diggs and tight end Dalton Kincaid.

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Samuel saw his best year as a pro under Brady in 2020.

He had 77 catches on 93 targets (21st in the NFL) for 851 yards and 3 touchdowns on the season.

He added another 200 yards on the ground.

That production would be an instant upgrade over Davis.

Historical Pro Football Focus grade was 77.1, helping put him among the league’s top free agent targets in 2021.

In Washington, Samuel’s 2021 season was a bust however, limiting him to 27 yards in five games before injuries ended his year.

His top yardage since was 656 yards in 2022 after playing all 17 games.

Samuel’s PFF grade in 2022 was 69, albeit with him surrounded by Terry McLaurin and talented but inconsistent WR Jahan Dotson.

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