Stefon Diggs Gets Weirdly Cryptic on Instagram

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Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs isn’t happy about something, and it likely isn’t his contract.

The former Minnesota Viking is the fifth highest-paid wide receiver in the world (average annual value) after receiving a contract extension last year, but something isn’t sitting right with the 29-year-old.

Stefon Diggs Gets Weirdly Cryptic on Instagram

For starters, Diggs was apparently at Bills mandatory minicamp on Tuesday but abruptly left, creating confusion galore. The firestorm began when NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted, “Bills coach Sean McDermott told reporters that WR Stefon Diggs is not at mandatory minicamp and said he is ‘very concerned’ about it.”

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The tweet prompted a wave of Where’s Diggs? speculation before his agent attempted to clarify the budding tomfoolery. ESPNĀ Adam Schefter tweeted, “Stefon Diggs’ agent, Adisa Bakari, said his client is in Buffalo, has been in Buffalo since yesterday morning, took his physical, met with the head coach and GM the past two days and the Pro-Bowl WR ‘will be there for the entirety of the minicamp.'”

So, the Bills head coach said Diggs wasn’t there and that he was concerned. His agent said Diggs was there, and all was well. Then, it was revealed that Diggs was there but left — as if that would clear up the bafflement.

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But wait, there’s more — a cryptic Diggs social media nugget. Diggs posted to Instagram, “I just be letting people cap. If them lies help you sleep better tell em big dawg.”

And nobody knows what that means.

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This isn’t the first time Diggs has made headlines for bizarre team-oriented behavior. He became frustrated with the Vikings run-first offense in 2019, skipped practice after a loss to the Chicago Bears, was fined $200,000, and later requested a trade from former Vikings GM Rick Spielman. The ex-Vikings boss obliged after the 2019 season, shipping Diggs to the Bills for draft picks that would turn into Justin Jefferson and Camryn Bynum, among others.

The latest installment of head-scratching behavior — plus the cryptic social media statement — is merely a sequel to the Vikings dealings with Diggs in 2019 and 2020.

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Bills quarterback Josh Allen rushed to Diggs’ defense Tuesday, telling reporters, “I know internally we’re working on some things. Not football-related, but Stef, he’s my guy. Excuse my — I f**king love him. He’s a brother of mine. This does not work, what we’re doing here, without him. But I’ve got his back no matter what.”

In January, Joe Buscaglia, a Bills reporter for The Atheltic, tweeted about Diggs after Buffalo’s 27-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC’s Divisional Round, “Bills WR Stefon Diggs darted out of the locker room with all his stuff before some of the Bills coaches were even down to the tunnel area. Practice squad RB Duke Johnson stopped Diggs before he left the stadium and brought him back to the locker room. He left a few minutes later.”

It seems the Diggs-fueled malarkey or disgruntlement was never resolved and is now playing out in the summer.

Diggs turns 30 in November.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).

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