Bills pry away Panthers game-changer in deadline stunner

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The trade sees Benjamin reunited with former Panthers defensive co-ordinator Sean McDermott, who is now Bills coach, and Buffalo's general manager Brandon Beane, who was part of Carolina's front office when the franchise drafted him.

It was a last-second deal that was made just prior to 4 p.m. EST deadline on Tuesday afternoon that only brings light to how much the organization valued Benjamin in terms of his place in their future plans. Bills wideouts also rank last in receptions (45) and receiving yards (594).

Benjamin joins plenty of former Panthers up in Buffalo.

This trade is hard to process because there are still great unknowns-the greatest of which is the health of Kelvin Benjamin's left knee.


At 5-2, the Bills see a real shot at making the playoffs for the first time in 17 years (the longest current postseason drought of any National Football League team) and, though Benjamin won't get a lot of separation, he's on his way to another 1,000-yard season.

His best season actually came during his rookie year when he recorded 73 receptions for 1,008 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Despite all this, it is worth mentioning that Newton did enjoy his MVP season in 2015 with Benjamin sidelined for the year.

It is going to be interesting to hear what star quarterback Cam Newton has to say about the latest news. Benjamin caught three passes for 32 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's victory at Tampa Bay. 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".

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