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.
In six games in 2017, Benjamin caught just 16 passes for 217 yards and one touchdown, and his offseason was highlighted by an odd beef with his former quarterback in Carolina.
"If you would've put me with any other quarterback, let's be real, you know what I'm saying?" Benjamin explained at the time. "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."
It was a strange comment considering Newton's MVP pedigree and penchant to force feed the ball to Benjamin during the three seasons he was healthy. Benjamin had a 1,000-yard season as a rookie, but saw his performance drop off after he missed the 2015 season due to a torn ACL.