Panthers Trade WR Kelvin Benjamin to Bills For Draft Picks


The Bills send the Panthers a third and seventh-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. They include head coach Sean McDermott, FB Mike Tolbert and GM Brandon Beane. Tight end Charles Clay and running back LeSean McCoy are first and second in both catches and receiving yards for Buffalo.

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 has 168 career receptions for 2,424 yards and 18 touchdowns.

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The Bills will have a decision to make on Benjamin's contract for next season as he is owed a guaranteed $8.45-million but can be cut with no dead money. Despite now making his way to upstate NY as a four-year National Football League veteran, Benjamin has only appeared in three seasons thus far into his tenure atop the highest level. But the former Florida State star tore his ACL in training camp the following season and hasn't quite been the same since often battling soreness in his knee and weight issues. And for the Bills, they get another receiver to team up with the recently acquired Jordan Matthews on offense. Benjamin is headed to the Buffalo Bills, the team announced Tuesday.

Devin Funchess would be Carolina's new No. 1 receiver and Russell Shepard and rookie Curtis Samuel are now expected to see increased playing time. After missing 2015, he returned in 2016 with 941 yards and seven touchdowns.