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Bills acquire WR Kelvin Benjamin in trade with Panthers

Bills acquire WR Kelvin Benjamin in trade with Panthers

The Panthers have traded wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin to the Bills, receiving a third-round and seventh-round draft choice in the 2018 NFL Draft in exchange.

The Bills are off to a surprising 5-2 start and find themselves just one win behind the division-leading Patriots (6-2).

This post will be updated when we learn what the Panthers got in return.

The Buffalo Bills beat the trade deadline to secure the services of wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin for a pair of draft picks.

The Bills next game is against the Jets at MetLife Stadium Thursday night.

Gordon has been out of the National Football League since 2014 because of various substance abuse issues, but he will meet with the National Football League on Wednesday to discuss possible reinstatement.

Benjamin has had spotty production over two-plus seasons. The Buffalo Bills have upgraded their patchwork group of receivers by agreeing to acquire Benjamin in a trade with the Panthers. As a sophomore in 2013, he helped the Seminoles go undefeated by hauling in 54 receptions for 1,011 yards and 15 touchdowns. After missing 2015, he returned in 2016 with 941 yards and seven touchdowns. Benjamin is due for a huge raise next season and would count $8.5 million against the cap if he was retained, but that's really a bargain of a price for the team's top receiver. Entering this season rumors of weight issues surrounded the former Panther and just two weeks ago he left practice under his own accord. They are still without Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen, who is now on injured reserve with a broken foot.