Bills release WR Kelvin Benjamin amid turbulent season

Two weeks ago, Kelvin Benjamin said he believed he had hit "rock bottom."

On Tuesday, the Bills released the wide receiver packing, bringing an end to a short and turbulent partnership.

Benjamin, 27, has caught just 23 of the 62 passes he has been targeted on, recording 354 yards and a touchdown. He was scheduled to be a free agent after the season and had already vented his frustration with the 4-8 Bills' season.

"It's just a bad season," Benjamin said two weeks ago. "It is what it is. Just football, man. You have good seasons, you have bad seasons. I've had successful seasons in this league. I'll have plenty more. For some reason, it's just not the year."

A former first-round pick of the Carolina Panthers in 2014 out of Florida State, Benjamin was acquired by the Bills midway through last season in exchange for third- and seventh-round picks. But he was on track for career lows in almost every statistical category and saw a diminished role in the last three weeks, never playing more than 59% of the team's offensive snaps.

"It's definitely going to be a fresh start," Benjamin said two weeks ago about the upcoming offseason. "Once I find a team, or if I'm still in here in Buffalo, whatever, I'm just going to keep pushing. I learned a lot about myself. Just keep going. That mentality, just keep pushing. Once you hit rock bottom, I guess, it's only up from there, right?"

The Bills on Tuesday also released wide receiver Andre Holmes.

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