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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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Could Vikings trade Stefon Diggs this offseason?

Stefon Diggs

The Minnesota Vikings have some decisions to make this offseason, and one big one centers on wide receiver Stefon Diggs.

Diggs is a year and a half removed from signing a contract extension that would keep him with the Vikings through 2023, but after a tumultuous 2019 season, there is some question whether he’ll even be with the team in 2020. Michael Rand of the StarTribune examined Diggs’ status on Monday and suggested that the Vikings may have some reason to explore a Diggs trade during the offseason.

The Vikings have little cap space to work with at the moment, and Diggs’ $14.5 million cap hit for 2020 is the second-highest on the team behind only Kirk Cousins. In addition, there is some reason to believe Diggs’ usage may not be exceptionally high in 2020. The Vikings hired Gary Kubiak as offensive coordinator, suggesting an offense based around playaction and the run game that may not maximize Diggs’ talents.

Rand comes to the conclusion that the “smart money” is on Diggs playing elsewhere in 2020.

The wide receiver has even been posting a series of cryptic tweets throughout the week that may or may not have anything to do with the Vikings.

Diggs is unquestionably talented. He led the Vikings with 1,130 receiving yards in 2019. He also caused some off-field issues with unexpected absences and at one point fueled rumors that he was unhappy with the organization. That alone sparked plenty of trade rumors, and if the Vikings decide they need to free up some cap space and trade a valuable player, that may play a role in any decision on Diggs.

Video: Stefon Diggs told Kirk Cousins not to force the ball to him

Stefon Diggs helmet

Stefon Diggs was visibly frustrated during the Minnesota Vikings’ win over the New Orleans Saints last weekend, and the assumption was that he was angry over his lack of involvement in the offense. However, the message the star receiver delivered to Kirk Cousins on the sideline told a different story.

Diggs said after the game that his frustration stemmed from the Saints double-covering him, and he insisted he always puts the team before himself. Some footage from the sideline seemed to support that, with Diggs telling Cousins to “play your game” and not feel like he has to force him the ball.

Diggs didn’t have any targets in the game at the time he threw his helmet in anger toward the sideline, so it’s possible his conversation with Cousins occurred shortly after that. Perhaps he realized that the Vikings were leading at the time and he didn’t want to become a distraction to the quarterback and the team.

There was a point early in the season when Diggs was clearly unhappy with his role, but he shouldn’t care how many targets he is drawing in a playoff game his team is winning. He will more than likely do a better job of controlling his emotions during Saturday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Stefon Diggs explains his frustration on sidelines during Vikings win

Stefon Diggs helmet

Stefon Diggs is downplaying the frustration he showed on the sidelines during the Minnesota Vikings’ NFC Wild Card Game on Sunday against New Orleans.

Diggs did not have much of a role in the offense for the first few quarters and was seen getting frustrated. He threw his helmet at one point and was also shown getting emotional with Dalvin Cook and Kirk Cousins.

Diggs was asked after the game about his emotional displays and downplayed them.

“It’s a game before anything. People don’t want you to show emotion. If you don’t show emotion, (people think) you don’t care, but if you show too much emotion … but it wasn’t nothing towards my guys,” Diggs clarified. “It was just the coverage I was getting. You get frustrated out there when they have two guys on you the whole game. Don’t get it confused with a distraction because the guys on my team know me. I’m always team-first, I’m always ready and willing to do anything so we can get a win. I care about my teammates and their opinion about me more than I care about the outside. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with showing a little frustration.”

Diggs didn’t have any targets at that point in the game. Getting ticked off seemed like a distraction for his team, because complaining could influence Kirk Cousins to force him the ball when the quarterback shouldn’t.

The Vikings were winning at the time and ended up victorious. Diggs really shouldn’t be frustrated, but it’s human nature to want to have a role in a victory and not just be a spectator.

Video: Stefon Diggs throws helmet in anger while Vikings have lead

Stefon Diggs helmet

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs appeared to be unhappy with his lack of involvement in the game plan early in Sunday’s playoff matchup with the New Orleans Saints.

Despite his team leading 13-10 in the third quarter, Diggs threw his helmet in frustration on the sideline after one of Minnesota’s drives stalled out. He had not been targeted in the game at all to that point.

Diggs was then seen talking something over with Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Cook.

Diggs probably felt like he could have helped the team more, but throwing your helmet in anger during a playoff game in which you are leading is not a good look. He could claim his lack of targets was not the source of his frustration, but he has a history of being upset with his role in Minnesota’s offense.

Earlier this year, Diggs’ name came up in trade rumors and he appeared to fuel some of the speculation himself. He later said he is “happy” with the team, but he certainly didn’t look it in New Orleans.

Here’s what Diggs said about it after the game.

Stefon Diggs features ‘woman yelling at cat’ meme on his cleats

Stefon Diggs

We have seen NFL players feature some unusual things on their cleats over the years, but Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs took things to an entirely different level on Sunday. If you have seen that bizarre meme featuring the woman yelling at the cat that has once again gone viral, you will probably appreciate it.

Artist Mache, who designs custom footwork for a lot of athletes, shared a photo of Diggs’ cleats on Sunday. There’s really not a whole lot we can say about them.

For those of you who are somehow unfamiliar with the meme, it is actually quite old but recently made a comeback. The mashup is a combination of Taylor Armstrong from a 2011 episode of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and a cat that became famous on Tumblr when someone posted a photo of it with the caption “he no like vegetals.” You can read a more detailed explanation here.

Diggs is known for rocking some extremely creative cleats, but he may have outdone himself this time.

Stefon Diggs now says he is ‘happy’ with Vikings

Stefon Diggs

It wasn’t that long ago that Stefon Diggs wanted a trade away from the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings were 2-2 three weeks ago, not throwing the ball, and Diggs said there was some truth to the trade rumors.

Since then, Minnesota has gone on a four-game winning streak and showcased its passing game. That’s led to a turnaround in attitude from Diggs. Asked about his feelings after Thursday night’s 19-9 win over Washington, Diggs told NFL Network’s Steve Smith he is now “happy” with the Vikings.

“I’m happy with the guys I’m playing with. I’m happy with the staff that we have. I’m happy with this team. I’m happy to be a part of it more than anything, so at this point, I’m thankful,” Diggs said.

Diggs has consecutive 7-catch, 143-yard games and has been a big part of the team’s offense recently. Maybe all that trade talk served as a good reminder to Minnesota’s coaching staff that they should be utilizing Diggs in the passing game.

10 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 5

Dak Prescott

More bad kicking, more quarterbacks with turnovers, and some very surprising results marked Week 5. Did anyone expect the Green Bay Packers to come out and obliterate the Dallas Cowboys in the first half on the road, for instance? Did anyone see Denver grabbing their first win of the season on the road against the Chargers? Did anyone see Kirk Cousins having a pretty good day passing? How about the Chiefs losing at home to the Colts? Some may have seen these results coming, but most wouldn’t have bet on it.

What were the most prominent disappointments of Week 5? Here’s a look.

Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys

Whatever was going right for the Cowboys’ offense has started to go dreadfully wrong. Prescott ended up throwing for 463 yards in his furious bid to rally Dallas back from down 31-3, but he turned the ball over three times and the offense didn’t start clicking until it was far too late. There are definitely growing questions about the Dallas offense, though Prescott still flashed his talent in the defeat. Turnovers were still a big problem, and that must change going forward.

Kansas City Chiefs’ offense

Where was this unit all Sunday night? The typically explosive Chiefs offense was held to just 13 points at home in a stunning loss to the Colts. KC started off the game with two scoring drives but then punt, fumble, punt, punt, punt and turnover on downs before finally grabbing a late field goal. Patrick Mahomes was sacked four times and hit eight times; the Chiefs have some work to do on the offensive line.

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