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Kelvin Benjamin signing one-year deal with Chiefs


Kelvin Benjamin‘s foray into free agency has been brief.

The former Buffalo Bills wide receiver is set to sign a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

Benjamin was waived by the Bills on Tuesday and went unclaimed on waivers Wednesday and visited with the Chiefs. By signing with Kansas City, Benjamin more or less ensures he’ll be playing for a team bound for the postseason before becoming a free agent again this offseason.

ESPN first reported the development.

Buffalo traded a third- and seventh-round pick to the Carolina Panthers at last season’s trade deadline to acquire the big-bodied receiver in hopes he could become a No. 1 target, but Benjamin struggled to adapt to his new AFC East team and on multiple occasions found himself in the headlines for reasons other than his play on the field.

Benjamin will look to turnaround his career in Kansas City, a team that has climbed to the top of the AFC this season on the heels of wunderkind quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Playing alongside Sammy Watkins and Travis Kelce, Benjamin could add even more fire to a third-ranked offense (437.2 yards per game) that ranks first in scoring (37 per game) and third in passing (316.5 YPG). Or he could be a non-factor — much like he was in Buffalo.

The fourth-year wide receiver hasn’t been the same since tearing his ACL before the start of the 2015 season following a promising rookie campaign. In Buffalo, he was plagued by drops and ineffective play at times throughout the season. He only recorded seven receptions for 92 yards in his final four games in Western New York. He finished his Bills tenure with 39 catches for 571 yards and two touchdowns.

Time will tell if Benjamin’s addition to the Chiefs proves beneficial or a burden for the Kansas City’s Super Bowl aspirations.



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