Published: Wed, November 01, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Panthers trade wideout Kelvin Benjamin to Bills

Panthers trade wideout Kelvin Benjamin to Bills

The Carolina Panthers traded wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin to the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday afternoon in exchange for a third- and seventh-round pick in the 2018 National Football League draft, the Bills announced.

The Panthers are making a concerted effort to add speed on offense and with fellow wide receiver Devin Funchess on the outside, two big targets were no longer the direction coach Ron Rivera wanted. Carolina hopes to get tight end Greg Olsen back following their bye week for the November 26 game against the Jets. Benjamin had built up a strong relationship with former NFL MVP Cam Newton.

A report by ESPN has relayed the information on this trade and the speculation on why it took place.

It's the latest significant trade by Buffalo since August, when the Bills dealt starting receiver Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams and starting cornerback Ronald Darby to Philadelphia.

In exchange for Benjamin, Buffalo sent their third and seventh-round draft picks to the Panthers. That is quite the deal for a player with Benjamin's potential.

The Bills are very much contending at 5-2, and are in need of help at the receiver position.

Benjamin missed all of the 2015 season with a knee injury.

Benjamin had three catches for 39 yards and a touchdown in Carolina's win Sunday against Tampa Bay. His rookie season was his most productive as he posted just over 1,000 yards receiving on 73 receptions with nine touchdowns.

He hasn't been the same since then, as there have been stories of him coming into training camp overweight and not in the best of shape.

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