Right before the trade deadline at 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, the Buffalo Bills made a blockbuster trade, acquiring wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin from the Carolina Panthers in exchange for 2017 third and seventh round picks.
Benjamin, 26, brings a welcome size element and physical presence to Buffalo's receiving corps at 6-5 and 245 pounds.
Benjamin was the Panthers' first round draft pick in 2014 and set several franchise rookie records that year.
This is the type of major trade that doesn't usually occur in the National Football League, but the deal reportedly happened just prior to the 4 p.m. ET trade deadline. Benjamin missed the 2015 season due to an ACL tear, and this season he is experiencing some pain in that same knee.More news: One Mistake, Goal - Tottenham Star Wary of Manchester United Marksman
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The Bills have been active in retooling their receiving corp over the last few months with a trade for Jordan Matthews from the Philadelphia Eagles while dealing away Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams and drafting rookie Zay Jones. Bills wideouts also rank last in receptions (45) and receiving yards (594).
Benjamin's base salary for this year is $1 million. He has 32 catches, two of them resulting in touchdowns.
Kelvin Benjamin isn't the only big name player who was moved before the NFL's trade deadline for draft picks. As a sophomore in 2013, he helped the Seminoles go undefeated by hauling in 54 receptions for 1,011 yards and 15 touchdowns. 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".