Panthers trade Kelvin Benjamin to the Bills

02 November, 2017, 00:36 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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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.

Make no mistake, though: This trade will not please Cam Newton, who has counted Benjamin as a close friend since he was drafted in 2014. Conditions were never officially revealed so it's unknown if the Bills will have their seventh round pick in the draft.

Benjamin has been dealing with injuries this season and hasn't been able to return to the dominant receiver he was his first couple of years in the league.

The 2015 NFL MVP posted a photo of himself and Benjamin, as well as former teammate Joe Webb, on Instagram Tuesday night with the caption "Some things you will never understand!" Bills wideouts also rank last in receptions (45) and receiving yards (594).


Benjamin, 26, brings a welcome size element and physical presence to Buffalo's receiving corps at 6-5 and 245 pounds. He is under contract for the 2018 season for $8.5 million after the Panthers had picked up the fifth-year option on his rookie deal over this past offseason.

He had caught a further 32 passes for 475 yards and two touchdowns in eight games this season with the Panthers before the trade, which came moments before the 3pm deadline on the east coast of the United States.

None of his scores were more important than the game-winning touchdown with 13 seconds left against Auburn in the national championship.

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