Bills trade with Panthers for WR Benjamin
(WHAM/AP) - The Bills management team has approached the entire Process with one eye on the present and another on the future.
On Tuesday at the NFL trade deadline, they had both eyes on the present. The Bills made a deal to get wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin from the Carolina Panthers. Benjamin is a 6'5" big target who can greatly help Buffalo's pass game. In exchange, the Bills send the Panthers a 3rd round and a 7th round draft pick in 2018. It is worth noting that the Bills also own the Eagles 3rd round pick next season in the Ronald Darby trade.
The addition of Benjamin, along with Jordan Matthews and rookie Zay Jones gives Buffalo a good wide receiving core. While the Bills still lack a big speed deep threat, they now have competent weapons to help Tyrod Taylor, especially when tight end Charles Clay returns from injury.
Benjamin has had spotty production over two-plus seasons since being selected by Panthers first-round pick in 2014, while missing the entire 2015 season with a knee injury.
The Bills are very familiar with Benjamin under new coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane. Both previously worked for the Panthers before being hired by Buffalo this year.
Buffalo is 5-2 and preparing to play at the New York Jets on Thursday night.
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. On Friday, Buffalo traded its highest paid player, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, to Jacksonville.