Report: Kansas City Chiefs to sign WR Kelvin Benjamin

The Kansas City Chiefs are signing Kelvin Benjamin, two days after the wide receiver was waived by the Buffalo Bills, according to a report from ESPN on Thursday.

ESPN had reported earlier in the day that Benjamin was visiting the Chiefs, who are led at the position by Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins -- though Watkins has missed three of the last four games with a foot injury.

Kansas City leads the NFL in scoring (37 points per game) and yards per play (7.03).

Benjamin, a first-round pick in 2014, was released despite the steep cost to the Bills in acquiring him from the Carolina Panthers. The Bills gave up third- and seventh-round picks to land Benjamin from the Panthers at the trade deadline last season.

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But the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Benjamin struggled to fit in with the Bills, making just 39 receptions for 571 yards and two touchdowns in 18 total games with the club. He has 23 catches for 354 yards and one score in 12 games this season.

Benjamin had 1,008 yards as a rookie in 2014 and another 941 in 2016 after a torn ACL cost him the 2015 season. But an apparent falling out with the Panthers led to his exit. In August, Benjamin told The Athletic's Tim Graham he and Carolina were "a bad fit from the get-go," and was critical of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) can't make the catch against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 02: Zach Cunningham #41 of the Houston Texans intercepts Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns for a touchdown in the second quarter at NRG Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 02: Saquon Barkley #26 of the New York Giants leaps over Adrian Amos #38 of the Chicago Bears for extra yardage during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium on December 02, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 25: Trae Waynes #26 of the Minnesota Vikings breaks up a pass to Marquez Valdes-Scantling #83 of the Green Bay Packers in the first quarter of the game at U.S. Bank Stadium on November 25, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 25: Carlos Hyde #34 of the Jacksonville Jaguars grabs the face mask of Star Lotulelei #98 of the Buffalo Bills as both teams scuffle during the third quarter at New Era Field on November 25, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo defeats Jacksonville 24-21. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - NOVEMBER 25: Kenyan Drake #32 of the Miami Dolphins runs for a touchdown in the game against the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 25, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 25: Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos leads a celebration in the end zone after a second quarter Denver Broncos touchdown catch by tight end Matt LaCosse #83 during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on November 25, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 25: Sony Michel #26 of the New England Patriots stiff arms Darryl Roberts #27 of the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium on November 25, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Arizona Cardinals walk out to the field ahead of the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 25: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots is tackled by Darryl Roberts #27 of the New York Jets after catching a first down reception during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium on November 25, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 25: Denzel Ward #21 of the Cleveland Browns attempts to tackle Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on November 25, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 25: The New York Jets take the field prior to the game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium on November 25, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 25: Chris Carson #32 of the Seattle Seahawks runs the ball against Eric Reid #25 and Thomas Davis #58 of the Carolina Panthers in the third quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 25, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 25: Nick Chubb #24 of the Cleveland Browns catches a pass for a touchdown over the defense of Brandon Wilson #40 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on November 25, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Quarterback Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams celebrates his touchdown on a seven yard rush by dunking the football between the goal posts during the third quarter of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 19, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 18: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers dives for the go-ahead touchdown during the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on November 18, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 18: Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons reacts after pulling in a touchdown reception against the Dallas Cowboys at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 18, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 18: Vance McDonald #89 of the Pittsburgh Steelers catches an 11-yard reception for a touchdown over Telvin Smith #50 of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth quarter on November 18, 2018 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. The Steelers won 20-16. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 11: Austin Hooper #81 of the Atlanta Falcons flies through the air after being tackled by Jamie Collins #51 of the Cleveland Browns in the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 11, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 04: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks to pass the ball as his jersey is grabbed by Lawrence Guy #93 of the New England Patriots during the second half at Gillette Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 04: Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers attempts to make a catch while being guarded by Shaquill Griffin #26 of the Seattle Seahawks in the second quarter at CenturyLink Field on November 04, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 04: Christian McCaffrey #22 of the Carolina Panthers runs the ball against Carlton Davis #33 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 25: DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Houston Texans catches a pass defended by Xavien Howard #25 of the Miami Dolphins in the third quarter at NRG Stadium on October 25, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 21: Chandler Catanzaro #7 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicks the game winning field goal in overtime during a game against the Cleveland Browns at Raymond James Stadium on October 21, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Denzel Perryman #52 of the Los Angeles Chargers helmut comes off after he tackles Dion Lewis #33 of the Tennessee Titans during the NFL International Series game between Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles Chargers at Wembley Stadium on October 21, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 18: Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos flips in to the end zone after catching a 64-yard pass during the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on October 18, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 14: Danny Amendola #80 of the Miami Dolphins is flipped by Leonard Floyd #94 and Roquan Smith #58 of the Chicago Bears in the first quarter of the game at Hard Rock Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 07: James Conner #30 of the Pittsburgh Steelers dives into the end zone for a 1 yard touchdown in the first quarter during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Heinz Field on October 7, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - OCTOBER 04: Eric Ebron #85 of the Indianapolis Colts is tackled by Patrick Chung #23 and Dont'a Hightower #54 of the New England Patriots during the first half at Gillette Stadium on October 4, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 30: Wide receiver Chad Williams #10 of the Arizona Cardinals falls out of bounds during the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at State Farm Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 30: Nyheim Hines #21 of the Indianapolis Colts catches the ball in the 3rd quarter against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams (16) makes a catch over Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (24) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods, defended by Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay (23), makes a catch during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Carolina Panthers' Christian McCaffrey (22) avoids the tackle of Seattle Seahawks' Tedric Thompson (33) during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek)
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, top, dives over the Pittsburgh Steelers defense, including Jordan Dangerfield (37) and Anthony Chickillo (56), to score a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)
Miami Dolphins' Reshad Jones stops Green Bay Packers' Lance Kendricks during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) sits on the turf after being sacked by the Tennessee Titans in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Denver Broncos running back Devontae Booker (23) fumbles the football as Houston Texans strong safety Justin Reid (20) looks on during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Denver. Reid recovered the ball. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Justin Evans (21) grabs the face mask of Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton (1) in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) dives for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the second half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton (1) runs for a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens' Terrell Suggs (55) in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki (86) leaps over Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23), during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)
Cleveland Browns defensive back Damarious Randall (23) attempts to tackle Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28) in the second half during an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
Seattle Seahawks running back Mike Davis (27), left, escapes the clutches of Oakland Raiders linebacker Tahir Whitehead (59) during the first half of an NFL football game at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates after he broke the NFL all-time passing yards record in the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in New Orleans, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Minnesota Vikings' Adam Thielen (19) catches a touchdown against Philadelphia Eagles' Ronald Darby (21) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) is tackled by Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith (50) during the first half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
Carolina Panthers' Colin Jones (42) recovers a New York Giants fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek)
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles, left, is hit by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston, right, after throwing a pass during the first half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton (14) can't make the catch as Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Orlando Scandrick (22) breaks up the pass during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard, left, tackles Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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"If you would've put me with any other quarterback, let's be real, you know what I'm saying?" Benjamin told Graham. "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."

--Field Level Media

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