The team is already without Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen, who has been on injured reserve since September 19th after breaking a bone in his right foot in during Carolina's Week 2 victory over the Bills.
The 26-year-old was drafted by the Panthers 28th overall in the 2014 draft where Beane was the director of football operations. This could be a move the Panthers made looking toward the future, or they felt the Benjamin project wasn't working.
In exchange, Carolina got Buffalo's third and seventh round picks in next year's draft. But Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, who is a big fan of the Carolina Panthers, didn't like the trade one bit.
Bills coach Sean McDermott and General Manager Brandon Beane have great familiarity with Benjamin, having previously worked for the Panthers - McDermott as defensive coordinator and Beane as assistant GM. That is quite the deal for a player with Benjamin's potential.
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Benjamin missed all of the 2015 season with a knee injury.
The Bills will have a decision to make on Benjamin's contract for next season as he is owed a guaranteed $8.45-million but can be cut with no dead money. He bounced back nicely in 2016, raking in 941 yards and seven touchdowns.
Benjamin now enters a situation in Buffalo where he could quickly become the top receiving option in a similar offensive scheme with a mobile quarterback in Tyrod Taylor.
He hasn't been the same since then, as there have been stories of him coming into training camp overweight and not in the best of shape.