With the retirement of wide receiver Malcom Floyd and injury questions surrounding Keenan Allen and Stevie Johnson, the San Diego Chargers needed to improve their depth at wide receiver for the 2016 season. They acted quickly on the first day of the league year Wednesday, signing ex-Browns wide receiver Travis Benjamin.
Benjamin had a big start to his 2015 season, with five all-purpose scores and 249 yards from scrimmage in the season's first three weeks. He cooled from there, with 717 yards and only one touchdown the rest of the way as the Cleveland quarterback situation became increasingly underwhelming. He replaces Floyd in the San Diego offense. The retiring veteran had 30 catches for 561 yards and three scores in 2015, his 11th season.
Fantasy impact: In addition to filling the Floyd role, Benjamin also provides insurance for the the 2015-injured Allen and the oft-injured Johnson. The Chargers were ravaged by injury in 2015, so quarterback Philip Rivers can use all the help he can get. Benjamin in San Diego will be behind Allen on the depth chart, making him a mid-range WR3 for fantasy.
Meanwhile, Benjamin leaves behind a smoldering hole in Cleveland. The Browns lost several big names on the first day of free agency. There's no telling yet who will fill the Benjamin role in the offense, but it's unlikely to be anyone of significant fantasy importance.