Buffalo Bills trade for Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin


For his National Football League career as a whole, he has registered 168 receptions for 2,424 yards and 18 scores over the course of an even 40 regular-season appearances. Benjamin is now reunited Sean McDermott, and he is immediately going to get a chance to step in and become a No. 1 wide receiver for a team in the middle of a legitimate playoff race.

The Bills will have a decision to make on Benjamin's contract for next season as he is owed a guaranteed $8.45-million but can be cut with no dead money.

It's the latest significant trade by Buffalo since August, when the Bills dealt starting receiver Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams and starting cornerback Ronald Darby to Philadelphia. You may lose him for Week 9 (the Bills play on Thursday night) but it would essentially be his bye week because the Panthers bye isn't until later in the year and the Bills already had their bye. Entering this season rumors of weight issues surrounded the former Panther and just two weeks ago he left practice under his own accord. His Houston Texans are his pride and joy during the fall and the winter on Sundays, while he has the garnet and gold of his Florida State Seminoles in his blood. An MRI revealed no structural damage and he returned the following week.

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Benjamin, 26, brings a welcome size element and physical presence to Buffalo's receiving corps at 6-5 and 245 pounds.

So, why would the Panthers deal their best wide receiver? For comparison, Benjamin has 32 receptions for 475 receiving yards and two scores in that span. He had been with the Panthers in the preseason. Clearly Carolina felt he was expendable, which could also be a sign that tight end Greg Olsen is returning soon.