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Travis Benjamin | Wide Receiver | #12

Team: San Diego Chargers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/29/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 175
College: Miami (FL)
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 4 (100) / CLE
Contract: view contract details
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Chargers WR Travis Benjamin didn’t re-sign with the Browns because he "wanted to play with a better quarterback."
The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Terry Pluto adds "a lot of the Browns' free agents wanted a new team." The Browns reportedly offered close to what Benjamin and RT Mitchell Schwartz signed for, but both never considered returning. Cleveland also failed to re-sign Alex Mack and Tashaun Gipson. Mar 19 - 4:41 PM

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Chargers agreed to terms with WR Travis Benjamin, formerly of the Browns, on a four-year, $24 million contract.

Benjamin was widely expected to remain with the Browns, but talks broke down on the verge of free agency. He replaces Malcom Floyd as the Chargers' go-to deep threat, and will be a legitimate No. 2 alongside Keenan Allen. Still only 26, Benjamin could retain WR3 value in fantasy for a team that loves to throw.
Mar 9 - 12:09 PM

NFL Network's Rand Getlin reports Travis Benjamin will sign with the Chargers when the new league year opens Wednesday afternoon.

The deal is believed to be for more than $6 million per season. That's high-end No. 2 receiver money, so Benjamin is doing pretty well for himself in an extremely weak free-agent receiver class. Benjamin will serve as the lid-lifter deep threat opposite Keenan Allen with Malcom Floyd now out of the picture and headed into retirement. The Falcons were also in on Benjamin.
Mar 9 - 8:23 AM

ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports the Falcons have "inquired about" free agent Travis Benjamin.

Since it's dot connecting season, Benjamin played for Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan in 2014. The Falcons have a dire need behind Julio Jones, and Benjamin is at the top of a spectacularly weak free agent class. He's reportedly also drawn interest from the Texans.
Mar 8 - 5:50 PM

The Houston Chronicle reports the Texans have shown interest in free agent Travis Benjamin.

Benjamin was expected to sign a new deal with the Browns prior to free agency, but it now appears Cleveland will lose the speedy playmaker. In addition to the Texans, the Falcons and Chargers have been linked as possible landing spots. Benjamin caught 68 passes for 966 yards and five touchdowns as the No. 1 receiver in Cleveland last season.
Mar 8 - 8:13 AM

The Akron Beacon-Journal's Nate Ulrich predicts the Browns will let impending free agent WR Travis Benjamin "slip away."

Benjamin has reportedly been "close" to signing a new deal for several weeks, but it now looks as if he will hit the open market, with the Chargers and Falcons among the teams reportedly waiting to speak with him. Ulrich believes the Browns will replace Benjamin with either Marvin Jones or Mohamed Sanu, who both played for new coach Hue Jackson in Cincinnati. Jones is likely to land a big deal as the top free agent receiver available, but Sanu's price should be more palatable.
Mar 5 - 10:32 AM

Browns executive VP of football operations Sashi Brown said contract negotiations with impending free agent Travis Benjamin have not broken down.

Brown said Thursday that he had contract negotiations with Benjamin's agent as recently as Wednesday night. Several recent reports have suggested Benjamin is headed to free agency, with the Chargers and Falcons reportedly "in the hunt" for his services. Those reports had the look of agent-driven leaks intended to create leverage in negotiations, but at this point it would not be surprising if Benjamin hit the open market.
Feb 25 - 10:03 AM

NFL draft insider Tony Pauline passes along "word from the Combine" that the Chargers and Falcons are "in the hunt" for free agent Travis Benjamin.

Benjamin makes a ton of sense in both locales as a speed complement to Keenan Allen (San Diego) and Julio Jones (Atlanta). Reports out of Cleveland as recently as last week had Benjamin "very close" to re-signing with the Browns, but multiple reports on Tuesday indicated those talks had broken down. At age 26, Benjamin will be a coveted commodity if he hits the free agent market.
Feb 24 - 2:05 PM

Free agent Travis Benjamin's player rep tells NFL.com's Rand Getlin that talks with the Browns have "broken down," and that his client will hit the open market.

It's a negotiating ploy. The Browns still have 15 more days to get Benjamin under contract before the start of the new league year. ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi reported Monday that a deal was "close." Benjamin still seems more likely than not to remain in Cleveland.
Feb 23 - 6:19 PM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi reiterated on Twitter that the Browns are "close" to re-signing free agent Travis Benjamin.

Grossi predicted late last week that Benjamin's re-signing would happen "very soon." Benjamin has also been outwardly intent on staying in Cleveland to learn from wide receivers guru Hue Jackson, which could turn out to be a very nice career move. Once Benjamin officially stays put, the top free agent wideouts left would be Alshon Jeffery (probably not going anywhere), Marvin Jones, Rishard Matthews, and 35-year-old Anquan Boldin.
Feb 22 - 4:30 PM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi believes free agent WR Travis Benjamin could be re-signed "very soon."

Grossi was already on the record as expecting Benjamin to return, but it sounds like talks could really be rolling. The Browns have 20 more days to prevent Benjamin from hitting the open market. If Benjamin is back, he'll slot in as the Browns' No. 2 receiver behind Josh Gordon.
Feb 18 - 1:41 PM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi believes the Browns will re-sign free agent Travis Benjamin.

Apparently sold on staying in Cleveland by new coach Hue Jackson, Benjamin has been openly hopeful of re-upping with the Browns. "Hopefully, I can lock up before March," Benjamin said early this month. Benjamin is 26 years old and coming off a career-best season. The Browns could potentially field a wideout duo of Benjamin and Josh Gordon in Jackson's first season as coach.
Feb 12 - 8:48 PM

Free agent Travis Benjamin hopes to have a new deal with the Browns before hitting the open market.

"Hopefully, I can lock up before March," Benjamin said. Benjamin has spoken with new coach Hue Jackson, who apparently had glowing things to say. "He loves my skill set, loves my speed," Benjamin said of Jackson. "Hopefully it will be a great 2016 season for us." Players who profess such an open desire to remain with their current team rarely reach free agency.
Feb 4 - 2:20 PM

The player rep for free agent Travis Benjamin said Wednesday he's "optimistic" the Browns and Benjamin will come to an agreement.

Regardless of the optimism Benjamin's agent projects, he would be smart to take his client to the open market, where Benjamin and Marvin Jones will vie to be the top free agent wide receivers available once Alshon Jeffery is presumably franchise tagged or re-signed by the Bears long term. 26-year-old Benjamin's breakout season (68-966-5) occurred at an optimal time.
Feb 3 - 9:13 PM

Travis Benjamin caught 5-of-11 passes for 53 yards Week 17 against the Steelers.

Benjamin took hold of the Browns No. 1 receiver spot with four touchdowns in the first three weeks and never let go. Benjamin’s five touchdowns matched his career total entering the season, and he easily crushed his career totals in targets (125), receptions (68) and receiving yards (966). An unrestricted free agent, Benjamin said a deal to keep him in Cleveland was "75 to 80 percent" complete. He should return as at worst the No. 2 receiver to Josh Gordon, and that is only if Gordon is reinstated this offseason.
Jan 3 - 6:01 PM

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4Isaiah Burse
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3Tyrell Williams
4Jamaal Jones
5Dom Williams
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2Hunter Henry
3Jeff Cumberland
4Sean McGrath
5Asante Cleveland
LT1King Dunlap
2Chris Hairston
3Tyler Johnstone
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