Bitterness and resentment have become a theme for players getting traded this year. DeMar DeRozan was upset with the Toronto Raptors for trading him to the San Antonio Spurs. Kelvin Benjamin also was had a bone to pick with his former team. More specifically, he took his anger out on Cam Newton and did not hold back.
The Carolina Panthers traded Benjamin to the Buffalo Bills during the 2017 season. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Panthers received a third and seventh round pick. Prior to the trade, he had nearly 500 yards and two touchdowns.
For some reason, Kelvin chose to unload his opinions of Cam to Tim Graham of the Athletic. He compared his skills to other high-profile quarterbacks. He also seemed to blame Cam for his recent lack of success.
Benjamin started out well in his rookie season. He had over 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns. Unfortunately, he couldn’t duplicate those numbers over the next few seasons. He missed the entire 2015 season due to a torn ACL.
Greg Olson came out in the defense of Newton. “He was the MVP, wasn't he?” The year Newton had was an MVP and took the team to the Super Bowl was also the year Kelvin was out for the season. Somehow being injured is Cam’s fault.
At the beginning of organized team activities (OTA), Kelvin walked on the field 280 pounds. How can he talk about Cam’s physical skills and knowledge when he can’t even stay in shape? He came in looking like an offensive lineman. Still, it must be the quarterback’s fault.
Newton has had a couple down years since 2015. His interceptions have increased and passing yards have gone down a bit. However, that has nothing to do with Kelvin’s inability to stay in shape and stay on the field. He should be thankful to play with a quarterback like Newton.
Kelvin was not an impact player for Carolina. The Panthers were 18-21 with Benjamin on the field and 21-3 without him. He is right to say that it wasn’t a good fit for him. At the same time, he needs to be more accountable of himself.
Benjamin backtracked a little bit by saying was angry but doesn’t take back what was said. There’s no reason to throw Newton under the bus like that. Before he starts questioning a player’s abilities, he needs to check his own first. Good luck in Buffalo with lesser quarterbacks.