Bills trade for Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin

October 31, 2017
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The Buffalo Bills made noise for the second time this trade deadline, dealing for Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin. Buffalo traded a third and seventh round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft to acquire the 4th-year receiver. 

-- TRADE ALERT --

We've agreed to acquire WR Kelvin Benjamin from the Panthers for our 2018 3rd and 7th round picks. #GoBills pic.twitter.com/wXqy4Ukr9b

— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) October 31, 2017

Benjamin, 26, has played in 40 games for the Panthers and has caught 168 passes for 2,424 and 18 touchdowns. He did miss the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL.  

The Florida State product has 32 catches for 475 yards and 2 touchdowns this season for an up-and-down offense in Carolina. At 6-5, 245 pounds, he provides a big target and redzone threat for QB Tyrod Taylor and the Bills offense.

The deal for Benjamin is the seventh deal involving a player made by the Bills since the start of the new league year back in March.  At 5-2, it's a clear indication the front office believes they can make a push for the postseason for the first time in eighteen years.

The Panthers picked up Benjamin's 5th-year option this past offseason.  That means he's under contract for the rest of this year and all of next season.  Since he was taken 28th overall in 2014, the amount he's guaranteed by the Bills next season is $8.459 million.

Keep it locked to WGR for more on the Benjamin trade.