Carolina Panthers trade top receiver Kelvin Benjamin to Buffalo Bills

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In a move that perhaps few saw coming, the Carolina Panthers have traded wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for a pair of draft picks.

Bills coach Sean McDermott and General Manager Brandon Beane have great familiarity with Benjamin, having previously worked for the Panthers - McDermott as defensive coordinator and Beane as assistant GM.

The Buffalo Bills have upgraded their patchwork group of receivers by agreeing to acquire Kelvin Benjamin in a trade with the Carolina Panthers. Benjamin immediately upgrades the receiving corp of for a team who shipped Sammy Watkins away prior to the start of the season.

The 6 ft 5 in, 245 lb Benjamin was drafted in 2014 by the Panthers after an All-American career at Florida State.

The Bills sent third- and seventh-round draft picks in the 2018 draft in return for the rights to Benjamin, according to a league source. He had a spectacular rookie season in which he surpassed the 1,000-yard mark, and averaged over 13 yards a reception. He missed the team's run to Super Bowl 50 with a torn ACL in 2015, but returned last season.

Benjamin now enters a situation in Buffalo where he could quickly become the top receiving option in a similar offensive scheme with a mobile quarterback in Tyrod Taylor. Tight end Charles Clay and running back LeSean McCoy are first and second in both catches and receiving yards for Buffalo. He is the big bodied "go up and get it" type receiver the Bills have been looking for.

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