Well, the Carolina Panthers just traded their best receiver to the Buffalo Bills, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Say bye to Kelvin Benjamin, Panthers fans—which will make the rest of the NFC South a little happier.
Panthers traded WR Kelvin Benjamin to Buffalo for 3rd and 7th round picks, per source. Benjamin rejoins HC Sean McDermott, GM Brandon Beane.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 31, 2017
Benjamin hasn’t been as dominant as Carolina hoped he’d be when they drafted him three years ago, but he’s still been their best wide receiver. Devin Funchess is having a pretty good season, but Benjamin was still their number one receiver and on track to rack up nearly 1,000 receiving yards.
The Panthers are trading Benjamin away while their defense is struggling, too. This may be Cam Newton’s worst season as a pro so far, and losing his top receiver—a big target who can snatch some errant throws out of the air—won’t help him get back on track.
All of that would be good news for the Bucs, if they hadn’t just lost to the Panthers and effectively dropped out of the playoff race. Ah well.