Bills Part with 4 Picks to Acquire WR Stefon Diggs from Vikings

Stefon Diggs. Photo by Roger Goodgroves/REX/Shutterstock (9176274y)

Buffalo Bills were determined to get a No.1 option on wide receiver position this offseason, and it appears that they finally have their man. According to multiple reports from around the league, Bills have acquired wideout Stefon Diggs from Minnesota Vikings.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissiero reports that Bills sent to Minnesota their first-round pick, a fifth-round pick, and a sixth-round pick in 2020 as well as a fourth-round pick in 2021. On the other side, besides Diggs, Buffalo also got a seventh-rounder in 2020.

Diggs is coming off another productive season in 2019, finishing the year with 63 catches for 1,130 yards and six touchdowns.

While it comes as a surprise that Stefon Diggs landed in Buffalo, the fact that he was traded didn’t catch anyone off guard. Diggs’ name was mentioned in trade talks during the past season, and it wasn’t a secret that he was unhappy in Minnesota. 

Diggs showed evident signs of frustration early in the 2019 season, as Vikings’ struggled and were more focused on the running game. Several teams tried to jump on the opportunity and trade for the talented WR, but Minnesota was not keen on letting him go.

Vikings’ gradually changed their stance over the course of the past few weeks, when it became clear that Diggs is still unhappy with the organization. Rather than trying to force an unhappy player to remain on the team, the front office decided to accept Bills’ generous offer and use this capital in addressing some of the team’s other needs.

Thanks to a stockpile of picks, Minnesota now can choose Diggs’ replacement in the first or second round of WR-rich 2020 NFL Draft, while using the remaining assets to strengthen other positions.

Bills, on the other hand, now have a legitimate star on the offense and a great weapon for their young QB Josh Allen. Also, the 26-year-old is on a team-friendly contract and allows Buffalo more leeway in further deals.