In his fourth National Football League season, Benjamin was leading the Panthers with 475 yards receiving on 32 catches, with two touchdowns in eight games. Both previously worked for the Panthers before being hired by Buffalo this past year.
Benjamin, who joined the Panthers as a first-round draft pick (28th overall) from Florida State, has 168 career receptions for 2,424 yards and 18 touchdowns.
The 26-year-old Benjamin joins a team few were expecting to succeed with a rookie head coach, unproven quarterback and star wideout Sammy Watkins dealt to the Rams. You may lose him for Week 9 (the Bills play on Thursday night) but it would essentially be his bye week because the Panthers bye isn't until later in the year and the Bills already had their bye. Benjamin missed the 2015 season due to an ACL tear, and this season he is experiencing some pain in that same knee. His 32 catches on the season immediately become the most among all Bills receivers, as the previous leader was Jordan Matthews with 15.
None of his scores were more important than the game-winning touchdown with 13 seconds left against Auburn in the national championship. Benjamin is headed to the Buffalo Bills, the team announced Tuesday. They are still without Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen, who is now on injured reserve with a broken foot.
In return, Buffalo will give its 3rd and 7th round picks in the 2018 draft to Carolina.