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Stefon Diggs is one of the best receivers in the league. Prior to the 2020 NFL draft, the Minnesota Vikings traded him to the Buffalo Bills for the 22nd pick in the 2020 draft, along with a 2020 5th, 6th, and a 2021 4th rounder. The 22nd pick turned out to become Justin Jefferson, the near rookie-of-the-year in 2020 (that went to Justin Herbert).
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Diggs became the number one guy for Josh Allen, who went from Sam Darnold-esque to a top-five QB with the presence of Stefon. Diggs totaled 127 catches for 1,535 yards, leading the league in both categories. He also caught 8 TDs. He has three years left on his 5-year, $72 million contract extension that he signed in Minnesota. This was a great trade for the Bills, as Allen has turned into a great QB with Diggs, and the two have amazing chemistry. Diggs takes the pressure off of others, like Cole Beasly and Dawson Knox. The price was worth it for a top-tier wideout.
The Bills couldn’t have done better with the trade. They get a 100% in my book.
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As good as Diggs is, he was the third option for the high-powered Vikings offense behind Adam Thielen and running back Dalvin Cook. He was frustrated from the lack of involvement in the offense, so a trade was coming soon. To replace him, they selected Justin Jefferson, and boy did he replace Diggs. He had 88 receptions for 1,400 yards and 7 touchdowns. He went on to set the rookie record for receiving yards. He is a much cheaper option for the Vikings and is under contract for at least four, maybe five years, depending on the fifth-year option. Jefferson is arguably as dynamic and explosive as Diggs, and it could be argued that he has more upside.
Minnesota did very well with Jefferson as well, but they didn’t make the playoffs while Buffalo did. Although Minnesota missing the playoffs wasn’t Jefferson’s fault, Diggs' team went farther, so the grade isn’t as good.
Neither of these teams won the trade, as both players have done really well. Time will tell to see who the winner will be. Diggs will always be remembered by Vikings' fans for the Minnesota Miracle, and Jefferson will continue to build his legacy in 2021. On Buffalo’s side, they will make another run at the Lombardi Trophy with Diggs, remembering how they got the perennial All-Pro.
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