Bills get WR Kelvin Benjamin in surprise trade with Panthers

Trevor Jackson
November 2, 2017

The addition of Benjamin gives the Bills a legitimate No. 1 receiving threat for quarterback Tyrod Taylor and a complement for wide receiver Jordan Matthews.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton's disappointing season got even worse on Tuesday right before the National Football League trade deadline passed.

But if Benjamin's not 100%, the Panthers get to wiggle out of the fifth-year option they inked him to and get a third-rounder (and a meaningless seventh-rounder) out of this. His rookie season was his most productive as he posted just over 1,000 yards receiving on 73 receptions with nine touchdowns. Not only is he a tight end, but he's also going to be out at least another week with a knee injury.

Kelvin Benjamin isn't the only big name player who was moved before the NFL's trade deadline for draft picks.

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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.

He was solid last season, finishing the year with 63 catches for 941 yards, and he was on a similar pace this season. This season Benjamin has 32 catches, third on the team behind rookie Christian McCaffrey and Devin Funchess.

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.

After last Sunday's win against Tampa Bay, Newton was complimentary of Benjamin, who was playing his first game in the state of Florida after the death of his mother.

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