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Bills make last-second trade for Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin

Bills make last-second trade for Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin

The Bills give up third and seventh-round draft picks in the deal. A former first-round pick, the big-bodied receiver entered Week 9 having caught 32 passes for 475 yards.

The Carolina Panthers have apparently had enough of Kelvin Benjamin. Both previously worked for the Panthers before being hired by Buffalo this past year. 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.

The move immediately improves the Buffalo passing game. He reunites with Bills head coach Sean McDermott, who was the Panthers' defensive coordinator from 2011-16. The 26-year-old wide out notably missed the entire 2015-16 campaign due to a torn ACL while making regular-season appearances in 2014-15, 2016-17 and 2017-18.

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Watkins, of course, was shipped off to Los Angeles just before the start of the season, leaving Buffalo with arguably the worst wide receiving corps in the NFL. He had 941 receiving yards and seven touchdowns last season.

He has one season left on his contract beyond this season after the Panthers picked up the fifth-year option on his rookie deal. That completed Florida State's ideal 14-0 season. The idea of Russell Shepard or Curtis Samuel stepping into the starting lineup alongside a still-unproven Funchess can't make Newton all that happy. With their tight end Greg Olsen out due to a broken foot, the Panthers relied on Benjamin to carry the load of being the team's top receiver.


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