How will Stefon Diggs’ time with the Vikings be remembered?

(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Stefon Diggs
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GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - SEPTEMBER 15: Stefon Diggs #14 of the Minnesota Vikings before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 15, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
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Where did it go wrong between Diggs and the Vikings?

Truth be told, things started to unravel between the Vikings and Stefon Diggs the moment they brought in quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Granted, the wide receiver’s only 1,000-yard campaigns of his career have come with Cousins under center. But it was clear that there was real friction between the two that threatened to compromise the organization’s chances of making a return to the postseason.

Thankfully, the gunslinger went on a sensational run last year after he was publicly called out by both Diggs and Adam Thielen. Although it eventually ended with a divisional-round loss to the San Francisco 49ers, there was plenty to like about Cousins’ play down the stretch in 2019.

Diggs leaving the franchise was almost inevitable after Cousins signed a two-year extension worth $66 million. The wideout did not take kindly to the news and he was sent to a new team just a short period after.

There is also Diggs’ ego to consider when you look at how things came apart in Minnesota. He was not the firmly established No.1 receiver thanks to Thielen’s involvement. And although the pair had a very good relationship, not being the primary offensive weapon is something that Diggs didn’t like.

Being part of a run-first offense is also something that grated on Diggs. Wide receivers who are not getting the targets they desire tend to make a song and dance about the fact. The Vikings relied heavily on star running back Dalvin Cook last year and this did not sit well with the talented pass catcher.