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According to ESPN Courtney Cronin, Spielman supports what he stated in the NFL Scouting Combine in February about having no plans to trade Diggs but noted that Buffalo’s offer was too good to pass:
“We do not intend to trade Diggs in the merger. He is a great player for us. He is great in the community. But then there are opportunities, business opportunities, which arise today that we feel are equally good for Stefon and also for us, and we decide to go ahead and trade, but we will always appreciate all that Stefon has done for us here in Minnesota and expect nothing but the best from him. “
Despite the fact that Diggs is only 26 and out of the best two years of his career, Minnesota sent him and the 2020 round pick to the Bills for the first, fifth and sixth round choices in 2020 and 2021 fourth-round pick to complete last month’s trade.
Diggs is the fifth round of the 2015 NFL draft, and he averaged 824 yards and five goals per year during his first three seasons. However, he made a big leap to the No.1 widening area in 2018.
Diggs set the highest career across the board that season with 102 receptions for 1,021 yards and nine goals, forming one of the best NFL wide receiver combinations with Adam Thielen.
Thielen missed a significant amount of time last season through injury, which makes Diggs the clear number one choice for midfielder Kirk Cousins. While Diggs’s reception dropped to 63 and his goal fell to six, he set a new career high with 1,130 yards behind his best 17.9-meter career per reception average.
Diggs established itself as one of the main deep threats of the NFL, which is what the Bills needed after quarterback Josh Allen struggled to make a game on the pitch in a match that passed last season.
Because Buffalo is likely to strongly consider taking broad recipients by choosing No. overall. 22 in the 2020 NFL draft, general manager Brandon Beane decided to pull the trigger on an agreement that made the Bills the legitimate No. 1 solution.
Although Spielman said he did not intend to trade Diggs, the deal came as a small surprise because Diggs often gave instructions on social media that he was no longer happy in Minnesota.
Diggs’ mood seems to have changed significantly since the trade to Buffalo, as he did expressing excitement about playing with Allen and fellow wide receivers John Brown and Cole Beasley.
Spielman and Viking took some assets for great players, but the trade left them with a big vacancy in the wide receiver. Thielen could be a top player when he was healthy, but his outside options were not proven with B9 Johnson elected seventh in the seventh round and the signing of free agent Tajae Sharpe stood out as the top complement.
Given the lack of weapons owned by Cousins’s cousin now in wide receivers, it would not be surprising if Spielman used one of the two first round picks to pick widths such as LSU Justin Jefferson, Tee Higgins Clemson, Brandon Aiyuk Arizona State or Colorado Laviska at Colorado Shenault.
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