Panthers trade Kelvin Benjamin to the Bills

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The Bills in turn sent 2018 third- and seventh-round picks to Carolina.

Make no mistake, though: This trade will not please Cam Newton, who has counted Benjamin as a close friend since he was drafted in 2014.

It appears that Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane has given Tyrod Taylor a new weapon in the passing game trading for Kelvin Benjamin.

The sudden decision from the Panthers to move on from the 26-year-old is quite surprising given his role within the team's offense as the top receiving option.

This is the type of major trade that doesn't usually occur in the National Football League, but the deal reportedly happened just prior to the 4 p.m. ET trade deadline. He had a spectacular rookie season in which he surpassed the 1,000-yard mark, and averaged over 13 yards a reception.

McDermott was the Panthers' defensive coordinator prior to this year, his first in Buffalo, so has a good idea of what he's getting in the big-bodied receiver. This season in eight games Benjamin has 32 receptions for 475 yards and a pair of scores.

Despite all this, it is worth mentioning that Newton did enjoy his MVP season in 2015 with Benjamin sidelined for the year. Interestingly, Buffalo traded up to No. 4 to draft former Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins in the same draft, but the Bills dealt him to the Los Angels Rams before the season.

Benjamin, who joined the Panthers as a first-round draft pick (28th overall) from Florida State, has 168 career receptions for 2,424 yards and 18 touchdowns.

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