Panthers GM Marty Hurney explains why he dealt Kelvin Benjamin to Bills

Nov 01, 2017, 00:23
Panthers GM Marty Hurney explains why he dealt Kelvin Benjamin to Bills

The Bills send the Panthers a third and seventh-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

The man who once caught the game-winning touchdown in the National Championship Game for Florida State is now shuffling off to Buffalo.

The Bills' wide receiver corps has struggled to make an impact this year after trading Sammy Watkins during training camp. His rookie season was his most productive as he posted just over 1,000 yards receiving on 73 receptions with nine touchdowns. Bills GM Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott have a strong handle on Benjamin as a player and teammate after spending the last three years with him on a daily basis in the Carolina organization.

Buffalo is 5-2 and preparing to play at the New York Jets on Thursday night. Benjamin missed the 2015 season due to an ACL tear, and this season he is experiencing some pain in that same knee. Entering this season rumors of weight issues surrounded the former Panther and just two weeks ago he left practice under his own accord. And for the Bills, they get another receiver to team up with the recently acquired Jordan Matthews on offense. It means that Cam Newton is going to have to count on Devin Funchess and Curtis Samuel for the bulk of the receiving workload, and that's not ideal. Clearly Carolina felt he was expendable, which could also be a sign that tight end Greg Olsen is returning soon.