Panthers trade WR Kelvin Benjamin to Buffalo Bills

Carolina Panthers Kelvin Benjamin has been traded to Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Mike Morbeck / CC BY-SA 2.0)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WSOC/AP) — The Carolina Panthers confirmed Tuesday that the team has traded popular wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin to the Buffalo Bills.

The Panthers traded Benjamin for 3rd and 7th round picks, according to the source.

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Benjamin was selected in the first round (28th overall) of the NFL Draft by the Panthers in 2014.

Benjamin has had spotty production over two-plus seasons since being selected by Panthers first-round pick in 2014, while missing the entire 2015 season with a knee injury.

The Bills are very familiar with Benjamin under new coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane. Both previously worked for the Panthers before being hired by Buffalo this year.

Buffalo is 5-2 and preparing to play at the New York Jets on Thursday night.

It’s the latest significant trade by Buffalo since August, when the Bills dealt starting receiver Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams and starting cornerback Ronald Darby to Philadelphia. On Friday, Buffalo traded its highest paid player, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, to Jacksonville.