Jason Campbell and Fred Smoot on Washington signing Curtis Samuel

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Campbell and Smoot on Washington signing Curtis Samuel originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The buzz around Washington's new wide receiver, Curtis Samuel, has been largely positive. He was on every Washington coach's wish list, and apparently on the list of a couple former Washington players, as well.

For former Washington cornerback Fred Smoot and former quarterback Jason Campbell, the three-year, $34.5 million deal was a small price to pay for a player that they believe can transform Washington's offense.

Julie Donaldson of Washington Football Today caught up with Smoot and Campbell to get their thoughts on Samuel's signing, as well as Washington's other free agent acquisitions, so far. 

“Most of the time in free agency, you overpay for what you get," Smoot said. "I think we stole with Curtis Samuel because we are going to actually get a return for what we paid for."

Terry McLaurin ran a 4.35 40-yard dash prior to becoming Washington's No. 1 option. But when his productivity was stifled by double coverage, Washington had little answer.

“There’s so much that this signing does for your football team," Campbell said. "Coach Turner from an offensive standpoint, he wants to stretch the ball down the field throwing those deep corner routes, those deep comebacks, those deep dig routes, and then go over the top and hit the post routes. He wasn’t able to do that last year."

With the addition of Samuel, Washington has not only resolved its speed problem, it's given opposing defenses a personnel issue that many won't be equipped to deal with. 

At 24, Samuel already has four seasons under his belt and is more than familiar with Washington head coach Ron Rivera, who previously coached him in Carolina before joining the Washington Football Team last year. There will be little in the way of a transition for Samuel as he reunites with Rivera and McLaurin in Washington. That'll give him the opportunity to hit the ground running, according to Campbell.

“Samuel is a guy that was drafted in 2017 and he hasn’t reached his ceiling yet. You want to get free agents that have room to grow. Not just for him, even for Terry [McLaurin], because these two guys together can grow more the next couple years and that’s what makes it a great, unique marriage for the quarterback that comes in there, because these two guys can help stretch the field."

You can listen to the full interview with Fred Smoot and Jason Campbell at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington.