Carolina Panthers trade top receiver Kelvin Benjamin to Buffalo Bills

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After the team managed a 17-3 win over the Tampa Bay Bucs to snap a two-game losing streak, Newton had this to say about Benjamin, the franchise's first-round pick in 2014 who caught a touchdown in the fourth quarter of that victory.

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The Buffalo Bills have upgraded their patchwork group of receivers by agreeing to acquire Kelvin Benjamin in a trade with the Carolina Panthers. The Bills leading receiver before this trade was tight end Charles Clay with 258 yards. Bills wideouts also rank last in receptions (45) and receiving yards (594). The Bills still have five picks in the first three rounds of next year's draft. 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". The Panthers ultimately went to the Super Bowl that season, and could have used him against a tough Broncos defense. After missing 2015, he returned in 2016 with 941 yards and seven touchdowns.

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For the Panthers, the move is a bit more puzzling, considering Benjamin provided a big target for Cam Newton. It is unclear why the Panthers made a decision to move on from Benjamin, however, it is most likely due to salary.

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Benjamin, 26, brings a welcome size element and physical presence to Buffalo's receiving corps at 6-5 and 245 pounds. After all, Carolina still needs to get their offense going. If Benjamin and Matthews can stay healthy, the Bills have themselves a nice 1-2 punch at wide receiver for the future.

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