New changes Bills made to Stefon Diggs’ contract
Garafolo reported the Bills will pay Diggs a higher compensation in 2020 and increase the sum of his guaranteed money in 2021, while also reducing cash in the last couple years of his contract.
The #Bills tweaked Stefon Diggs' contract yesterday, source says. They moved money up a few years:
–Increased 2020 compensation by $3.3m (now $14.8m)
–Reduced 2021 cash by $300k but increased the guarantee by $7.7m (now $11m)
–Reduced 2022-23 cash from $25.55m to $22.67m
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 5, 2020
In other words, the deal has become slightly more front-loaded in terms of construction.
The Bills paid a high price in order to acquire Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings, trading away their 2020 first-round pick in addition to 2020 fifth- and sixth-round picks.
But Diggs is capable of taking Buffalo’s offense to another level.
The 26-year-old was an explosive weapon for the Vikings last season, posting career-high marks in reception yards (1,130) and yards per reception (17.9) while also scoring six touchdowns. Diggs’ drop percentage went up, and he also fumbled four times. But the Maryland product is as lethal as any wideout in the game.
Buffalo suddenly seems to have one of the better receiving corps in football. John Brown went over the 1,000-yard mark for the second time in his career last season, and pairing him with Diggs gives quarterback Josh Allen two bona fide deep threats. Meanwhile, veteran Cole Beasley was tremendously effective in the slot.
Much of the offense’s improvement will likely hinge on Allen’s ability to move the ball effectively. Allen saw a spike in completion percentage last year, though he still completed just 58.8 percent of his pass attempts.
In any case, the Bills are paying Diggs to be a Pro Bowl receiver right now as they look to wrest control of the AFC East from the New England Patriots.