Bills trade picks to Panthers for wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin

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The Carolina #Panthers made a deadline deal with the Buffalo #Bills, trading their No. 1 receiver #Kelvin Benjamin to the Bills for two draft picks.

Bills coach Sean McDermott and General Manager Brandon Beane have great familiarity with Benjamin, having previously worked for the Panthers - McDermott as defensive coordinator and Beane as assistant GM.

That's because the Buffalo Bills are acquiring WR Kelvin Benjamin from the Carolina Panthers.

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At 5-2, the Bills see a real shot at making the playoffs for the first time in 17 years (the longest current postseason drought of any National Football League team) and, though Benjamin won't get a lot of separation, he's on his way to another 1,000-yard season. Conditions were never officially revealed so it's unknown if the Bills will have their seventh round pick in the draft. His rookie season was his most productive as he posted just over 1,000 yards receiving on 73 receptions with nine touchdowns. He is one of many talented receivers who were selected in the first round of that year's draft. That same season, the Panthers reached the Super Bowl but lost to Von Miller and the Denver Broncos.

If healthy, Benjamin goes to a Bills team that could use a big receiver for Tyrod Taylor to entrust 50/50 balls. After missing 2015, he returned in 2016 with 941 yards and seven touchdowns. Tight end Charles Clay and running back LeSean McCoy are first and second in both catches and receiving yards for Buffalo. After all, Carolina still needs to get their offense going.

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