Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman answered questions at the NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday and talked about the team’s star receiver.
Since these rumors have started to really pick up steam, no one from the Vikings has made a comment on what their true intentions are for Diggs this year. That was at least until Tuesday when Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman spoke with the media at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Spielman was asked about these trade rumors and if there is any truth to them.
"“Stefon, last year, probably had his most productive year. He’s a young receiver we just extended and he’s not only a major part of our offense and a major part of our organization winning games, but he also does a lot of things for this organization off the field as well. So there is no reason to anticipate Stefon Diggs is not going to be a Minnesota Viking.”"
Spielman also made an appearance on Minnesota’s KFAN radio on Tuesday and unsurprisingly he was asked about the latest on the team’s star receiver.
"“Stefon is a very competitive player, but I also know what he means to this football team. Stefon has done so much, not only in the community, but what he does to win games on the football field as well. Why wouldn’t he be here?”"
So will the rumors of the Vikings possibly dealing Diggs disappear now after their general manager’s comments on Tuesday? Well, probably not, but they should at least die down quite a bit.
From Spielman’s demeanor and everything he said when asked about the Minnesota receiver, it sure doesn’t sound like the team is looking to make a trade anytime soon.
At the same time though, the Vikings general manager also said back during the 2013 Combine that the team had, “no intention,” to trade Percy Harvin. Less than a month later, however, Minnesota ended up dealing Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks.
So as much as Spielman seemed to shut down any chance of Diggs being traded on Tuesday, never underestimate the tricks the Vikings general manager might have up his sleeve this offseason.