4 Panthers players who shouldn’t be traded before the deadline

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Curtis Samuel – Carolina Panthers WR

Curtis Samuel received some interest before the 2020 NFL Draft. But the Carolina Panthers didn’t get a good enough offer to part ways with the do-it-all offensive weapon.

The former Ohio State standout is clearly the team’s No. 3 option behind D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson. However, he has quickly evolved into a trusted target for Teddy Bridgewater, especially on third down, but the Panthers are now stuck between a rock and a hard place regarding the wide receiver’s future.

Samuel is playing on the final year of his deal and might decide that a more increased role elsewhere in free agency might be the best thing for his career.

Carolina won’t want to lose the player for anything next spring. But with financial resources restricted due to a lack of gameday revenue surrounding COVID-19, agreeing to an extension or slapping the franchise tag on the second-round pick might not be a feasible proposition.

Despite the obvious reasons why Samuel could move on, the Panthers should refrain from pulling the trigger on any potential deal. The wideout is only getting better with each passing game and this would be another blow to a wideout corps that recently released disappointing free-agent signing Seth Roberts.