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Buffalo Bills trade for Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin

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McDermott and Beane worked their connections in the Carolina front office.

NFL: Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills have acquired Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin. ESPN reporter Adam Schefter broke the news shortly after the Tuesday afternoon trade deadline.

Benjamin has 32 receptions on 51 targets this season, for 475 yards and two touchdowns. The 26-year-old receiver is in the fourth year of a five year rookie contract signed in 2014. For the remainder of 2017, he’ll cost the team about half a million dollars in cap space. He’ll be under contract with an injury-guaranteed $8.45 million cap hit next year, but if healthy can be cut for no dead money.

Benjamin has familiarity with both general manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott, coming from the Carolina Panthers organization. He joins a Bills wide receiver corps that, thanks to departures, youth, and injuries, has been one of the worst-performing units in the NFL this year.

For those compensatory pick conspirators, week ten is looming. Stephen Hauschka and Vlad Ducasse appear to have locked up starting roles, but this would theoretically make Andre Holmes expendable.

To complete the trade, the Bills sent a third round and a seventh round pick to the Panthers, per Schefter.

How do you feel about this trade, Bills fans?