The Vikings agreed to trade Diggs to the Bills on Monday, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports. The trade won't become official until later this week, but the Bills are set to send a 2020 first-round pick, fifth-round pick, sixth-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick to the Vikings in exchange for Diggs and a 2020 seventh-round pick, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. Trade speculation has long surrounded Diggs along with rumors he wasn't happy in Minnesota, and he'll now receive a fresh start entering the 2020 season. The 26-year-old set career highs in yards (1,130) and YPC (17.9) in 2019, while catching 63 of 94 targets and six touchdowns. Diggs should slot in as Buffalo's No. 1 wide receiver opposite John Brown for third-year quarterback Josh Allen.
Diggs isn't likely to be traded this offseason, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Diggs has a penchant for posting cryptic Tweets that have led to speculation he isn't happy in Minnesota, a sentiment that first gained steam in October after he skipped a practice. His frustration may have been related to the team's run-heavy offense, something that fellow wide receiver Adam Thielen also took issue with. The Vikings quickly found a better balance and won eight of their next 11 games to secure a playoff berth, with Kirk Cousins averaging 260.7 passing yards and 2.1 passing touchdowns in that stretch. Diggs averaged 4.5 catches for 83.7 yards and 0.5 TDs on 6.8 targets during the same 11-game span, relying on long gains rather than the steady stream of short passes he'd seen in previous seasons. His average depth of target for the year was 14.9 yards, up from 8.8 in 2018 and 11.5 in 2017. Assuming Diggs isn't traded, it will be interesting to see if new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak continues to use the 26-year-old as a regular deep threat or returns him to his more possession-based role.
Diggs caught two of five targets for 57 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 27-10 loss to the 49ers in the NFC divisional round. He hauled in the Vikings' only TD of the day on a 41-yard strike from Kirk Cousins late in the first quarter, but the game mostly belonged to the Niners after that. Diggs finished the 2019 regular season with a career-high 1,130 yards, but he was used far more as a deep threat than he was in 2018 -- he caught 63 passes on 94 targets, a significant drop from the 102 grabs on 149 targets he saw in 2018, but made up for it by nearly doubling his YPT to 12.0. Signed through 2023, Diggs should remain a key part of the Minnesota passing game again next year.
Diggs (illness) is not listed on the Vikings' final injury report for Saturday's playoff game against the 49ers, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports. Diggs missed back-to-back practices Tuesday and Wednesday but was cleared to play after returning to the field Thursday. While he'll be good to go, fellow starting wideout Adam Thielen is listed as questionable for the contest after suffering an ankle injury during Wednesday's practice. Either way, Diggs will look to be more involved in his team's passing attack Saturday after being limited to two catches (on three targets) for 19 yards in last weekend's wild-card win over the Saints.
Diggs (illness) returned to practice Thursday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Diggs had missed two days worth or practice due to an illness, but his return to the field Thursday puts him on track to suit up Saturday against the 49ers. The Vikings' final injury report of the week will reveal whether the wideout is listed as questionable for the contest, or minus an injury designation altogether.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||New York Jets||25||23.50|
|3||09/27||Los Angeles Rams||14||19.63|
|4||10/04||@Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|6||10/16||Kansas City Chiefs||4||16.68|
|7||10/25||@New York Jets||25||23.50|
|8||11/01||New England Patriots||1||12.76|
|12||11/29||Los Angeles Chargers||3||16.13|
|13||12/08||@San Francisco 49ers||11||18.68|
|16||12/29||@New England Patriots||1||12.76|
|3 Year Avg||113||76||1000||8||44||13.16||150|