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. The Bills leading receiver before this trade was tight end Charles Clay with 258 yards. Jordan Matthews leads all wide receivers with only 193 yards this season, and has also struggled to stay healthy all season. The Bills still have five picks in the first three rounds of next year's draft. His rookie season was his most productive as he posted just over 1,000 yards receiving on 73 receptions with nine touchdowns. Beane acknowledged that Buffalo's success played a role in the trade, stating, "If you start 0-7, I'm not sure you trade a pick". That same season, the Panthers reached the Super Bowl but lost to Von Miller and the Denver Broncos. After missing 2015, he returned in 2016 with 941 yards and seven touchdowns.
Benjamin had been having a decent season for the Panthers prior to the trade, and had been one of Cam Newton's favorite targets. This could be a move the Panthers made looking toward the future, or they felt the Benjamin project wasn't working. The two worked in the Panthers organization before joining the Bills and assuming the task of fixing a franchise that appeared to be in disarray.
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That allowed the Pats to possess the ball for almost 30 minutes, keeping Philip Rivers and his offense on the sideline. Gordon's 87-yard run was the longest rushing touchdown allowed by the Patriots under coach Bill Belichick .
The Bills clearly don't have a problem paying Benjamin's salary for 2018.
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.