Bills to trade Stefon Diggs to Texans: Graduating blockbuster deal for disgruntled Pro Bowl receiver


The Stefon Diggs era has come to an end in Buffalo. The Bills finalized a blockbuster trade to send the four-time Pro Bowl receiver to the Houston Texans. The team was announced on Wednesday, In exchange for Diggs, the Bills will receive a 2025 second-round pick (via Minnesota), while they will also send a 2024 sixth-rounder and a 2025 fifth-round pick to Houston along with Diggs.

This trade marks the end of what has developed as a somewhat toxic relationship between Diggs and the Bills organization. Last month, Diggs made a cryptic social media post in which the wideout said he was “Ready for all weather.” It was the latest in a string of indicators that seemed to indicate he wanted out of Buffalo, including Absent from the start of mandatory minicamp last year., At the Pro Bowl games in February, Diggs also cast some doubt on his future with the franchise. When asked if he was optimistic about his future with the bills, he said, “I can't tell you what the future will hold, but I'm still me.”

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On the field, Diggs seemed to be out of rhythm with quarterback Josh Allen as the 2023 season wore on. After recording 100-yard receiving games in five of his first six games, Diggs averaged 51.2 receiving yards per game the rest of the way. He finished the year with 107 catches for 1,183 yards and eight touchdowns.

The 30-year-old arrived in Buffalo in 2020 after the Bills pulled off a trade with Minnesota. Diggs was drafted by the Vikings in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Maryland and established himself as one of the top young receivers upon his arrival in the pros. As noted, Diggs, who joined the Bills and joined Allen, took his production to a higher level, leading the league in receptions and receiving yards in his first season in Buffalo.

While it may have been bad lately, Diggs is one of the top receivers in the NFL when firing on all cylinders and now he finds himself paired with one of the league's most talented young quarterbacks in C.J. Stroud, who is an offensive rookie. Coming out. Season of the year in 2024.

Diggs joins a Houston team that is coming off the back of drafting Stroud No. 2 overall a year ago and immediately winning the AFC South under first-year head coach Demeco Ryans. Diggs' arrival also creates one of the best receiver rooms the NFL has to offer. Apart from him, the club has talented pass catchers like Nico Collins, Tank Dale, Noah Brown and Robert Woods. This doesn't even account for tight end Dalton Schultz and running back Joe Mixon, who were acquired in a trade with the Bengals earlier this offseason.

While Houston's offense has reached a new stratosphere with Diggs aboard, it will be interesting to see how Buffalo reshapes its wide receiver room. With this departure of Diggs, the Bills also saw Gabe Davis depart for the Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency. Currently, their wide receiver depth chart is headlined by Curtis Samuel, Khalil Shakir, Justin Shorter, and Mack Hollins.

Now that Diggs is off to Houston, let's break down the trade:

Texas:A

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Houston is doing exactly what it should after hitting the jackpot with Stroud last year. With a true star quarterback on his rookie contract, now is the time to add as much talent as possible to strive for a championship, and this move for Diggs is a step in that direction. Yes, their cap hits over the next four seasons are big, but with Stroud's deal it's effectively a worthless deal. The trio of Diggs, Collins and Dell is certainly the best three-headed monster the NFL has to offer, which should help Stroud avoid a sophomore slump.

Bill: C-

This result was being written about between Bills and Diggs for the last year or so. Despite this, Buffalo was unprepared for the impact with their top receiver's ability to cut off baits. Sure, the Bills used their first-round pick last year on tight end Dalton Kincaid, but the cupboard is almost completely bare at wide receiver, especially after letting Gabe Davis walk earlier in free agency. Now, the Bills will either need to be aggressive and pursue a top-flight receiver prospect in the NFL Draft or hope one falls into their lap and neither is really an enviable situation. In terms of compensation, a second-round pick isn't a terrible deal considering Diggs' contract. Financially, ESPN reports that this trade will not be processed as a post-June 1 designation. That means the Bills will have a dead cap hit of more than $31 million this year, the highest known dead money charge for any receiver in any season.




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