Bills GM explains reason for Stefon Diggs trade
The Buffalo Bills have a new top wide receiver in veteran wideout Stefon Diggs, who left the Minnesota Vikings in a trade that, in hindsight, was a long time coming despite the initial, sudden reaction for the split between player and franchise. Bills general manager Brandon Beane, nonetheless, told the media on Monday he knows Diggs “knows ball.”
“It’s just a more proven thing right now and what we’re dealing with did weigh into that,” Beane said on a video conference, via ProFootballTalk. “I know this guy [Diggs] knows ball and will be able to understand the verbiage once he learns our system.”
Beane first checked with the Bills last fall during the NFL’s mid-season trade deadline but revisited Diggs’ availability in March.
“It didn’t seem like a definitive 100 percent no, they just were not shopping him,” Beane said.
In the 26-year-old Diggs, the Bills get a 1,000-plus receiving yards wideout with playoff experience. After Buffalo lost to the Houston Rockets in the AFC Wild Card Game last January, the AFC East club sought after improvements for the wide receivers corps to help out young quarterback Josh Allen.
Diggs caught 63 receptions for 1,130 yards last season, connecting with veteran quarterback Kirk Cousins for six touchdowns as well. While the former fifth-round pick from the 2015 NFL Draft out of Maryland caught 39 fewer passes between 2018 and 2019, he still tallied slightly over 100 more yards this past season than two years ago, averaging nearly eight more yards per reception, too.