Bills general manager Brandon Beane told reporters Tuesday afternoon that he didn't expect to make any more moves before the trade deadline. Then the Panthers, his former team, called back, and they swung a deal that sent wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin to Buffalo minutes before the 4 p.m. deadline.
Benjamin, who stands at 6 foot 5, 245 pounds, was the No. 1 receiver in Carolina. The Bills sent the Panthers their third-round draft pick and the seventh-rounder they acquired from the Chargers in the Cardale Jones trade.
"You're always looking to make a move to win today and to win tomorrow, and I think this answers both of those," Beane said.
As far as contract status, Benjamin is in the last year of his original rookie deal that pays a $1 million base salary, but the Panthers previously picked up his fifth-year option, which means he'll cost the Bills about $8.5 million next season if they keep him.
Sullivan's take: The trade proves Beane and the Bills want to win now, Jerry Sullivan wrote. That was easy to be skeptical of in the summer, but it looks like it was really the case.
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Newton on Benjamin: Kelvin Benjamin is the type of guy you want in your foxhole, Panthers QB Cam Newton said.
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