The Vikings traded Stefon Diggs a bit greater than two years after he authored the Minneapolis Miracle — a chic sideline catch and run to improbably win an NFC divisional spherical recreation towards the Saints as time expired.
In return for the gifted vast receiver, Minnesota obtained a first-round draft choose it might use to pick LSU pass-catcher Justin Jefferson within the 2020 NFL Draft.
As the Vikings proceed to wrestle offensively this season, that deal looms as an element within the group’s NFC North slide. Jefferson is exhibiting immense rookie promise, however his consistency may not absolutely develop for a few years. Diggs is in his prime. The group theoretically might have made a separate transfer to draft Jefferson whereas conserving Diggs; in different phrases, the premise Minnesota wanted to shed one among its greatest weapons with a purpose to convey within the rookie is flawed.
That mentioned, Diggs’ relationship with the Vikings broke down final yr maybe past doable restore. His five-year, $72 million contract, signed in 2018, additionally may need performed a think about his exit.
The Vikings are hoping Jefferson can placed on a main time present Sunday evening towards the Seahawks within the method Diggs usually did.
Below is an additional dive into Diggs’ transfer to Buffalo and Jefferson’s begin in Minnesota.
Why did the Vikings commerce Stefon Diggs to the Bills?
Diggs commonly voiced frustration concerning the course of the Vikings and his position on the group, and his seemingly unfavorable tweet after Minnesota prolonged Kirk Cousins in March preceded his commerce to Buffalo that evening. Diggs tweeted “it is time for a brand new starting” after the group introduced the Cousins deal.
From a locker room chemistry perspective, then, dealing Diggs made sense. His discontent threatened to make him a problematic presence on a roster reeling from a playoff beatdown towards the 49ers.
Diggs, a consecutive 1,000-yard receiver, has since denied forcing his method out of Minnesota.
“I by no means actually was vocal about what I did or did not like (in Minnesota),” Diggs informed reporters, not acknowledging he skipped practices and informed media members whereas with the Vikings that he “can’t sit up right here and act like the whole lot is OK.”
In equity to Diggs, the state of affairs in Minnesota annoyed a number of gamers. Former teammate Adam Thielen, for instance, referred to as out Cousins for his deep ball struggles. The Vikings failed to duplicate their 2017 success, however Diggs progressed on a person stage.
Stefon Diggs commerce particulars
Buffalo traded the No. 22 general choose within the 2020 NFL Draft, in addition to fourth-round, fifth-round and sixth-round picks. It obtained a seventh-round choose together with Diggs.
The Vikings used that No. 22 alternative on Jefferson.
Was the commerce price its price for the Bills?
So far, buying Diggs has been a masterstroke from Buffalo’s entrance workplace. After years of mediocre offensive play, the Bills now have an thrilling roster constructing round quarterback Josh Allen.
The Bills lead the AFC East with a 4-0 document. Diggs has 26 catches for an NFL-best 403 yards and two touchdowns. Allen is perhaps the perfect quarterback he is ever performed with contemplating he attended Maryland and spent his first NFL seasons catching passes from Cousins, Sam Bradford and Case Keenum.
Why did Minnesota draft Justin Jefferson?
In one other yr, Jefferson may need been drafted a lot larger than No. 22. His availability at that spot largely got here all the way down to the depth of high prospects on the place. He made for an excellent match for Minnesota.
Jefferson delivered a breakout efficiency in Week 3 (9 catches for 173 yards), and adopted up that exhibiting with one other robust recreation this previous weekend (5 catches for 103 yards). His trajectory might alleviate the harm of dropping Diggs, although Vikings followers are probably wishing they may see a lineup that features Jefferson, Diggs and Thielen carving via secondaries collectively.