Stefon Diggs Traded

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It has happened again.

Stefon Diggs Traded

Slightly over four years after Stefon Diggs talked his way off the Minnesota Vikings roster, the veteran wideout was shipped off again, this time to the Houston Texans.

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted Wednesday morning, “Blockbuster: Bills are finalizing a trade to send four-time Pro-Bowl WR Stefon Diggs to the Houston Texans for draft-pick compensation, sources tell ESPN.”

And that’s that: after four productive seasons in Buffalo — but no Super Bowl triumphs or appearances — Diggs is on the move to another AFC contender. In Houston, he’ll join a filthy-rich offensive team, a part of a weapon stable already including Nico Collins and Tank Dell. Make no mistake: the Texans are loading up for four more years of C.J. Stroud’s rookie contract.

Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) throws the ball against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas., Sunday, Dec. 31, 2023.

Ironically, Houston acquired Diggs with a Vikings draft pick. Indeed, when the Texans did business with Minnesota three weeks ago, they grabbed a 2025 2nd-Rounder from the Vikings, and that pick was directly used to obtain Diggs on Wednesday. So, in an “everything is connected” realm, Houston landed a former Vikings player with a former Vikings draft pick.

Houston also received a 2024 6th-Round pick and a 2025 5th-Round pick in addition to Diggs (tip of the cap to Schefter).

The Athletic’s Dianna Russini provided more context on X, “The Houston Texans have a star quarterback on his rookie contract and so they’re not wasting any time surrounding him with elite talent. General manager Nick Caserio has gone big-game fishing all offseason — and he landed one of the biggest offensive fish in the league.”

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As of April 3rd, this is the Texans WR corps:

  • Nico Collins
  • Stefon Diggs
  • Tank Dell
  • Noah Brown
  • John Metchie III
  • Robert Woods

Houston also employs several more depth receivers, so the aforementioned list is just men expected to make the regular season roster.

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. Bizarre, indeed.

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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.

He’s most famous as an architect of the Minneapolis Miracle in January 2018.

The Bills will eat about $31 million in dead cap funds as a result of the trade as general manager Brandon Beane further attempts to resolve his dire salary cap conundrum.

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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