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Rand Getlin reported per a sourced informed of the negotiations, former Browns receiver Travis Benjamin will sign with the Chargers once deals become official Wednesday. The wideout agreed to a four-year, $24 million deal. Benjamin, who is just 26, was one of the top names in an underwhelming receiver market. He caught a career-high 68 passes for 966 yards and five touchdowns in a breakout year with the Browns in 2015.
Despite a horrid quarterback carousel during his time in the AFC North, Benjamin was a bright spot with a devastating combination of speed and explosiveness. In a new system developed by Chargers coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, he should be one of Rivers’ top targets alongside Keenan Allen.
Benjamin received an offer to stay in Cleveland and was reportedly drawing heavy interest in Houston and Atlanta, where he would have been paired with his former offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan. None of those materialized, leaving Cleveland most notably without any sound options in the passing game outside of Brian Hartline and Andrew Hawkins.
The news should be positive for the Chargers, who have managed to lock up one of the better free agents available despite some uncertainty on their own end in terms of a stadium and future location. They get a veteran replacement for the retired Malcom Floyd and the chance to kick start an offense that stalled under high expectations a year ago.