Stefon Diggs Has Bizarre New Take about Vikings

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Stefon Diggs always finds a way to raise eyebrows, and after a trade to the Houston Texans this offseason, he has a fancy new Minnesota Vikings theory, one that’s a bit odd.

Stefon Diggs Has Bizarre New Take about Vikings

Via SI.com this week, Diggs opened up about his departure from Minnesota four years ago, and according to him, the Vikings apparently had questionable intent with the transaction. “Because at that point when I left Minnesota, I was a good player, but I [wanted] more for myself, I felt like I was better than that, that I could be better than that,” Diggs opined.

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Bills receiver Stefon Diggs celebrates after his 49-yard pass for a touchdown in a 35-23 win over the Patriots. © JAMIE GERMANO / USA TODAY NETWORK.

That portion of his synopsis made sense, but the following theory confounded some. Diggs said, “And up to a point I was like, ‘Shoot, I’m gonna bet on myself.’ And they sent me to Buffalo. I don’t know if they sent me to Buffalo with the kindest intent, but all’s well that ends well. When I got to Buffalo, Josh was my guy. People really understand what it’s like to be out there. He really embraced me, kind of had that Southern hospitality.”

It is unclear how Minnesota lacked the kindest intent inside the Diggs trade to Buffalo. At the time, he very vividly wanted to leave the Vikings organization, requested a trade during the 2019 regular season, and the Bills were one of the hottest up-and-coming franchises in the league.

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In fact, per roster construction in 2020 and the club’s trajectory, Buffalo was one of the very best spots a wide receiver could land.

In 2019, Diggs grew frustrated with the Vikings’ run-first offense, 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.

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Diggs is most famous as an architect of the Minneapolis Miracle in January 2018.

He’ll enjoy another fresh start in 2024, joining another team trending up in the Texans and a quarterback not unlike Josh Allen in C.J. Stroud. Diggs posted 107 receptions for 1,183 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns in 2023 — a wonderful statline — but his production fell off a cliff midseason. In fact, he didn’t accrue a 100-yard receiving game after Week 6.

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To maneuver out of salary cap treachery, Bills general manager Brandon Beans sent Diggs to Houston a few months ago and will eat about $31 million in dead cap funds as a result of the trade.

Perhaps in four years, Diggs will reveal that Buffalo didn’t provide the “kindest intent” with the trade.


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).

All statistics provided by Pro Football Reference / Stathead; all contractual information provided by OverTheCap.com.

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