Benjamin is coming off a rookie season in which he recorded 73 receptions for 1,008 yards, tying him with teammate and tight end Greg Olsen for 21st in the NFL in receiving yards.
He had the third-most receiving yards among rookies, trailing only New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans.
Carolina was able to take advantage of a weak NFC South, winning the division with a 7-8-1 record. The Panthers defeated the Arizona Cardinals in the Wild Card Round before falling to the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional round.
Benjamin recorded 11 receptions for 108 yards and two touchdowns in those games against two good defensive teams, and he developed into one of quarterback Cam Newton’s favorite targets. Newton threw to Benjamin 146 times last season, the most of any of his receivers.
The 6’5″, 245-pound receiver is developing into one of the more skilled, reliable targets in the league, and the Panthers will try to patch together a wide receiving corps that does not have a bona fide No. 2 behind Benjamin.