The Buffalo Bills made their first big splash of the offseason by trading for star wide receiver Stefon Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings.
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the Vikings will receive a first-round pick, fifth-round pick, and a sixth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft along with a 2021 fourth-rounder. Meanwhile, the Bills will land Diggs and a seventh-round selection.
Diggs is coming off a season with totals of 63 receptions for 1,130 yards, and 6 touchdowns. He played an integral role in keeping the Vikings’ offense afloat while Adam Thielen dealt with injuries throughout the 2019 season.
With how often Diggs would create controversy surrounding his future in Minnesota, it’s not surprising he was traded. The latest example came today when he seemed to react to Kirk Cousins’ contract extension and then tweeted that ‘it’s time for a new begging.’
The Bills needed to add more offensive firepower to help elevate their attack to the next level. It was one of the top offseason needs for the Bills to find a No. 1 receiver and Diggs certainly fits the bill.
Managing to land a top receiving option will naturally help the rest of the receiving corps. Defenses won’t be able to place nearly as much defensive focus on options like John Brown and Cole Beasley, which will help make things easier on Josh Allen as a result.
It was very unlikely the Bills would have been in position to select an elite wide receiver prospect with the No. 22 pick. Trading that selection away for an established receiving threat that won’t have to undergo a learning process at the NFL level makes plenty of sense.
As for the Vikings, they have been facing a highly difficult salary cap situation and moving Stefon Diggs for draft picks helps mitigate some of it. It also doesn’t hurt to have a chance to select prospects that actually want to play in Minnesota as Diggs clearly didn’t wan to anymore.
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