Report: Chiefs to sign WR Benjamin
The Kansas City Chiefs are signing Kelvin Benjamin, two days after the wide receiver was waived by the Buffalo Bills, according to a report from ESPN on Thursday.
ESPN had reported earlier in the day that Benjamin was visiting the Chiefs, who are led at the position by Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins -- though Watkins has missed three of the last four games with a foot injury.
Kansas City leads the NFL in scoring (37 points per game) and yards per play (7.03).
Benjamin, a first-round pick in 2014, was released despite the steep cost to the Bills in acquiring him from the Carolina Panthers. The Bills gave up third- and seventh-round picks to land Benjamin from the Panthers at the trade deadline last season.
But the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Benjamin struggled to fit in with the Bills, making just 39 receptions for 571 yards and two touchdowns in 18 total games with the club. He has 23 catches for 354 yards and one score in 12 games this season.
Benjamin had 1,008 yards as a rookie in 2014 and another 941 in 2016 after a torn ACL cost him the 2015 season. But an apparent falling out with the Panthers led to his exit. In August, Benjamin told The Athletic's Tim Graham he and Carolina were "a bad fit from the get-go," and was critical of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
"If you would've put me with any other quarterback, let's be real, you know what I'm saying?" Benjamin told Graham. "Any other accurate quarterback like (Aaron) Rodgers or Eli Manning or Big Ben (Roethlisberger) -- anybody! -- quarterbacks with knowledge, that know how to place a ball and give you a better chance to catch the ball. It just felt like I wasn't in that position."
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