Panthers follow through with plan to exercise Kelvin Benjamin’s option

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In March, Panthers General Manager Dave Gettleman said that the team planned to exercise the option on wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin’s 2018 option.

In the interim, Benjamin showed up to the team’s offseason workout program carrying more weight than coach Ron Rivera and the team would like. It’s not the first time that Benjamin has dealt with the issue and some may have wondered if another bout of pudginess would lead the team to rethink picking up his option.

They got their answer on Tuesday. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Panthers have stuck with Gettleman’s original plan.

Benjamin’s salary for 2018 will be over $8.4 million under the terms of the option, although the Panthers can still walk away before the start of the next league year unless Benjamin suffers an injury that would keep him from passing a physical.

10 responses to “Panthers follow through with plan to exercise Kelvin Benjamin’s option

  1. This is a bad move. This dude is not going to work out in Carolina because of a terrible work ethic and his inability to stay out of the buffet line. Wasted #1 draft pick. Trade him or cut him but do not reward him but this is the Gettleman way.

  2. motsuret06 says:
    May 2, 2017 2:26 PM

    This is a bad move. This dude is not going to work out in Carolina because of a terrible work ethic and his inability to stay out of the buffet line. Wasted #1 draft pick. Trade him or cut him but do not reward him but this is the Gettleman way.

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    Benji still has potential and it not like we have 3 #1 WR on the roster and he is taking up a spot. Will grant you this – Cam played better when Benji (his 1st option and safety blanket) was not on the field. Hope Benji gets motivated. Would hate to see this go to waste.

  3. I love the people who said this is a bad move. The guy still had nearly 1000 yards receiving last year, in a time when the Panthers offensive line was nothing short of offensive. It’s not like you can just let him walk and plug in Devin Funchess and expect similar results. Not to mention the fact that $8 million is still a relative bargain compared to what some WR get right now.

    It really was not a tough decision..

  4. I would rb dare give this guy anything long term. He’s getting away with it Now since he’s still young but as he gets older that weight is gonna be harder to get rid of I wouldn’t even go hard for an extension after this year. This is obvious how that this is will be a recurring theme in Goodburger’s career.

  5. I’m confident that Benjamin can get back to playing weight. This year, the Panthers will have other receivers to take the defenses’ attention off of him. In addition, if Cam’s arm surgery is effective, maybe Benjamin will not be expected to be 10 foot tall due to overthrow. This should be a successful year for the Cats.

  6. “The Panthers can still walk away before the start of the next league year unless Benjamin suffers an injury that would keep him from passing a physical.”

    What if he eats a donut that prevents him from passing a physical?

    I have to say, this is the first time in modern NFL history that I’ve heard of a wide receiver having a weight problem 🙂

    LOL

  7. Benjanin will be fine. .y goodness people. Remember he came off a torn ACL and​ even though a doctor tells you everything is ok with the knee it is still a mental block.

    Benji knows what is at stake and he will be ready to rumble come training camp. Already in house working out.

    Man fans want the Panthers to fail and say I told you so.

    Get real Benji is monster. Then he will be wide open withWR Curtis Samuel, Christian McCaffrey, Damiere Byrd, Devin Funchess, Greg Olsen, Jonathan Stewart, Charles Johnson 2, then more than likely Ed Dickson, Keyarris Garrett . Then a revamped o-line that could average in height around 6’6 and 320 lbs. and FB in Alex Armah 6’2 240 lbs. That played DE/TE/FB and of course Cam Newton.

    Then your worried about KB being over weight. You better worry how you going to stop this Cat Train.

    Only that will hold this team. Ack is coordinators in OC Mike Shula and New DC Steve Wilks. Not worried about Will at all. Shula has got to figure out how to use all the new pieces to the offense.

  8. Since the ’18 salary is only guaranteed with injury, it’s little risk for the club. And he’s on my team, so he’s still my guy. But I’ll be the first one to call him Kelvin Bread-jamin if he doesn’t get back in shape.

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