Bills trade picks to Panthers for wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin

Wide receiver has caught 18 touchdowns in his career.

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin catches a pass from Cam Newton as Chicago Bears defensive back Prince Amukamara defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Ahead of Tuesday’s 4 P.M. trade deadline, the Bills have acquired wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin from the Panthers.

In return, Buffalo will give its 3rd and 7th round picks in the 2018 draft to Carolina.

The 6 ft 5 in, 245 lb Benjamin was drafted in 2014 by the Panthers after an All-American career at Florida State. He has 168 career receptions for 2,424 yards and 18 touchdowns. So far this season he has scored twice with the Panthers.

The Bills front office is no stranger to “KB” as general manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott both came from the Panthers organization.

BEANE ON WHAT BENJAMIN BRINGS TO BILLS: “Size and experience, excellent hands. When he is covered he is still open. When you watch his catches…he isn’t a speed guy but this guy is 6’5 plus, 240 so he is bigger than most and he will win the contested balls and he is a very strong player.”

BEANE ON BENJAMIN AS A PERSON: “I can’t speak on if he is inconsistent or not or what has gone on in Carolina this year. He is tough and big and has great hands, he knows how to run routes, he can block and will be much bigger than the corners he faces so he can help in the run game there.  He will fit this locker room. The coaches will like him, the players will like him, it is a win for the Buffalo Bills.”

The Bills visit the Jets in a divisional match up on Thursday night, Beane says it will be up to Sean McDermott if Benjamin plays in that game.

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