The Minnesota Vikings are reportedly looking to figure out a way to deal their talented wide receiver this year according to Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd on Tuesday.
Despite posting career-best numbers for receiving yards and yards per catch last season, it was pretty clear Stefon Diggs was not happy with his role in the Minnesota Vikings offense.
The relationship between Diggs and the Vikings really took a turn after their Week 4 loss to the Chicago Bears last year when the receiver decided to skip a day of practice without letting anyone know. He later claimed his absence was due to having a cold, but then Minnesota fined him $200,000. So they obviously didn’t believe his story.
With the Vikings’ expected salary cap situation expected to not be very great this offseason to say the very least, they probably will be looking to add as many draft picks as they can during the next few months. One way in which Minnesota can acquire more draft selections this year (and valuable ones) would be to trade Diggs.
Given his age, production, and his affordable salary for a player of his talent, the Vikings can probably get a pretty lucrative return in exchange for the receiver. If Minnesota didn’t land a first-round pick from a deal involving Diggs, it would be incredibly shocking.
Some have opted to push aside this talk of trading Diggs and just label as click-bait offseason chatter. But more and more people who have info from those who work inside the NFL are beginning to talk about the receiver’s unhappiness with the Vikings and the team’s interest in unloading him this year.
On Tuesday, Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd said on his radio show that, “Minnesota is looking to move off (Diggs) for the right pick,” and the receiver is, “unhappy,” with the Vikings.
So now this is someone from a major sports network talking about the deteriorating relationship between Diggs and Minnesota. It might be time to start taking the rumors surrounding the receiver a little more seriously.
What happens before the start of next season remains to be seen. But it’s becoming more and more clear that the chances of the Vikings trading Diggs are higher than they’ve ever been before.