You can’t be Sean McDermott and preach culture and hard work constantly when your so called number one wide receiver has seemed to check out.
In Buffalo we’ve seen this before. Final year of contract, looking to not get hurt and finish the year healthy looking forward to free agency.
Ring a bell? Stephon Gilmore.
It would seem like that’s the approach that Kelvin Benjamin is taking. I could be wrong, Benjamin has had serious knee injuries and with how tall and big he is, the receiver just may not have it.
But you can tell on the field that he’s not giving it his all, something that the head coach wants from, “everyone in the building.”
With Terrelle Pryor being released, many Bills fans are asking: why not Benjamin?
It’s simple, the reason is compensatory picks.
In the NFL, if a team ends up with more or better compensatory free agents lost than gained in a particular year, they will acquire draft picks.
Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott are looking ahead to that. Taken into account is the player’s average salary per year (APY), snap count and postseason awards.
Benjamin’s snap count did decline on Sunday at 51% of snaps played. He has a base salary of $8.459 million for this season.
If it wasn’t for the compensatory picks, Benjamin would be gone. At least I would like to think so, judging on what this regime teaches.