Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin traded to Buffalo, source tells ESPN.
This is a clear upgrade for Tyrod Taylor even if Benjamin's stock takes a hit as he tries to learn a new offense and get used to a new quarterback midseason. We generally shy away from receivers who change teams as free agents, unless they get a clear promotion or an upgrade at quarterback, and that goes double for receivers that are traded to a new team in the middle of the season. The silver lining is that Buffalo has a favorable passing schedule down the stretch and there is a dearth of receiving options, so Benjamin may get peppered with targets once he gets up to speed. In Carolina, it's a downgrade for Cam Newton while the other receivers (Devin Funchess, Russell Shepard and Curtis Samuel) should see an uptick in snaps and targets.