Chargers, Falcons 'In The Hunt' For Travis Benjamin

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Feb 24, 2016 02:40 PM EST
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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Travis Benjamin
San Diego Chargers and Atlanta Falcons are reportedly interested in Browns wide receiver Travis Benjamin, and could make a move to sign the wide receiver in free agency."

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Travis Benjamin is reportedly expected to test free agency this offseason, and two teams that are "in the hunt" for the talented receiver are the Atlanta Falcons and the San Diego Chargers, according to Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

The Browns wide receiver is coming off a career-high season with 68 receptions for 966 yards and scored 5 touchdowns. Benjamin has clearly improved through four seasons in the league, and expected to be one of the top free agents at his position this offseason.

The Falcons have yet to make a decision on veteran wide receiver Roddy White, but could look to add Benjamin as strong second receiver next to Julio Jones. Falcons head coach Dan Quinn expects quarterback Matt Ryan to take a "big jump" in 2016, and could have a strong receiving core if Atlanta is able to lure Benjamin, according to NFL reporter Marc Sessler.

While the Falcons could look to add Benjamin as a strong second receiver to Jones, the Chargers could use him immediately and possibly plug him in as their top receiver. Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen is clearly the top guy in San Diego, as their offense took a huge dip last season following his kidney laceration that ruled him out for the rest of the season.

Allen and Benjamin would serve as a strong combination for quarterback Philip Rivers in San Diego, and could be a big move for San Diego's front office, as Allen becomes an unrestricted free agent after the 2016 season. Both the Chargers and the Falcons have franchise quarterbacks and solid number one receivers lined up for the 2016 season, making a move for Benjamin a potential huge signing for either franchise.

Benjamin produced strong numbers in Cleveland despite the lack of consistent quarterback play in 2015, and will likely garner interest from multiple teams, as he is an immediate starter for any offense Week 1.

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