Benjamin traded from Panthers to Buffalo


The Buffalo Bills acquired wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin from the Carolina Panthers just before the 4 p.m. trade deadline for third and seventh-round picks, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter on Twitter. They include head coach Sean McDermott, FB Mike Tolbert and GM Brandon Beane.

Benjamin had 32 receptions for 475 yards and two touchdowns through eight games this season.

The man who once caught the game-winning touchdown in the National Championship Game for Florida State is now shuffling off to Buffalo. Benjamin is due for a huge raise next season and would count $8.5 million against the cap if he was retained, but that's really a bargain of a price for the team's top receiver. Entering this season rumors of weight issues surrounded the former Panther and just two weeks ago he left practice under his own accord. You may lose him for Week 9 (the Bills play on Thursday night) but it would essentially be his bye week because the Panthers bye isn't until later in the year and the Bills already had their bye. That completed Florida State's ideal 14-0 season. Last week the Panthers claimed wide receiver Kaelin Clay off waivers from Buffalo.

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.

Greg Olsen will be eligible to return from IR shortly, and No. 2 tight end Ed Dickson has stepped up recently.