Top 5 things Beane shared about the Benjamin trade

Posted Oct 31, 2017

Bills GM Brandon Beane provided a lot of information about how the trade for WR Kelvin Benjamin came together on Tuesday evening. Here are the top five things you need to know about Buffalo’s blockbuster acquisition.

1 – Benjamin excited about fresh start
Buffalo’s newest receiver spoke to Beane and head coach Sean McDermott by phone after the trade and was excited about joining the Bills.

“Sean and I spoke to him on the phone,” said Beane. “He seemed happy and excited. He obviously knows Sean and he knows me as well, and some of the guys on our roster from Carolina. He seemed very excited. We just framed it (to him) as, ‘Hey this is a nice fresh start. You can come in here. We’re 5-2 and jump right in.’ It’ll be up to the coaches how quick we get him on the field.”

2 – He’s a good teammate
With both Beane and McDermott spending the past four years around Benjamin as members of the Carolina organization, they have intimate knowledge of what the receiver is like as a teammate, as a professional and a person.

“He’s a tough kid. He’s from Belle Glade. He went to Florida State. I was deeply involved in Carolina in the scouting of him and part of the team that drafted him to Carolina,” said Beane. “So I know him well. He’ll fit in well with the guys that we have here. Obviously, Joe Webb, Mike Tolbert and Leonard Johnson know him personally and some of the coaches. He’ll fit in. He’s a blue-collar kid. He’ll fit this town very well.”

3 – Playing Thursday night?
Benjamin is expected to arrive in Buffalo late Tuesday night from Charlotte. Whether he suits up Thursday night against the Jets is uncertain according to Beane.

“I don’t know,” Beane said. :That’ll be up to Sean (McDermott) and coach (Rick) Dennison on where he would be. That would be a better question for them.”

4 – Benjamin’s present and future is with Bills
Beane commented on how this trade was both to win now and in the future. The Bills inherit the fifth-year option on Benjamin’s contract for 2018 for $8.45 million. But since they inherit the contract the Bills have the right to renegotiate the contract at any point in time.

After parting with a third and seventh-round pick, logic would say that Buffalo intends to keep the 26-year old receiver far beyond just the 2018 season.

“You can (renegotiate),” said Beane. “Once we obtained this contract we can renegotiate at any point to extend him if we choose to do so.”

5 – Receiver was deemed a priority
Buffalo general manager did not restrict himself to only addressing the receiver position via trade, but it was viewed as a priority by the Bills front office.

“I was looking at any area that would help us, I honestly was,” Beane said. “Receiver was definitely one of the highlighted areas. But any position that would’ve helped us and made sense for us both today and tomorrow we probably would’ve made a move.

“When you start like this (5-2 record), you’re always looking to help yourself win now and win in the future. I honestly think that’s what this does.”