Both of the Buffalo Bills’ recently released wide receivers have found new homes just two days after being let go. Ironically, they both end up in the AFC West on teams with playoff aspirations after being released by the Bills on Tuesday, as Buffalo gets a look at their young receivers heading into the end of their season.
Kelvin Benjamin signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Already with a glut of weapons on their offense, Benjamin won’t have to carry the burden of being the top receiving option. The Bills acquired Benjamin at the 2017 trade deadline for a 3rd round pick.
Andre Holmes was claimed by the Denver Broncos on Wednesday following the injury to Emmanuel Sanders. Holmes, a special teams standout with limited ability at wide receiver, was signed by the Bills last offseason.
Contractually speaking, Benjamin’s salary will be reduced by whatever the Chiefs pay him over the last few weeks. Even if it’s a pro-rated portion of $1 million, it will save Buffalo 25% of that, or $250,000.
Because he was claimed on waivers, the rest of Holmes’s contract goes with him to Denver. That’s $235,294 according to Spotrac.
The pair combined for 35 catches on 85 targets for 511 yards, and one touchdown this season in 13 starts.