Vikings’ GM Rick Spielman intent on keeping Stefon Diggs

Andy Hart
February 26, 2020 - 3:51 pm

INDIANAPOLIS – Rumors and fan speculation of Vikings star receiver Stefon Diggs being a possible Patriots trade target have been circulating since last season.

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Diggs has had his ups and downs in regards to his happiness in the Minnesota organization/offense and the idea of him potentially being on the trade market sprouted up again recently when he removed all connections to the Vikings from his social media accounts.

Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine this week, Vikings general manager Rick Spielman was asked about all the rumors that Diggs might be on the trade block.

“Stefon, last year, had probably his most productive year, and he’s a young receiver we just extended [before the 2018 season]. He’s not only a major part of our offense and a major part of our organization winning games, but he also does a lot of things for this organization off the field. There’s no reason — the rumors or whatever you’re talking about — to anticipate that Stefon Diggs is not going to be a Minnesota Viking,” Spielman said.

Diggs had 63 catches last fall for a career-high 1,130 yards and career-best 17.9 yards per catch with six touchdowns. He’s under contract through the 2023 season with a salary this fall of $10.9 million and annual salaries of $11.4 million after that.

If Diggs were to become available or to try to force his way out of Minnesota, he might make sense for a New England team looking to add impact weapons in the passing game to either appease Tom Brady or rebuild the offense moving forward.

For now, at least, the Vikings seem intent on keeping the 26-year-old Diggs – who has opened his NFL career with five straight seasons of at least 50 receptions, including a career-high 102 in 2018 -- in a Minnesota uniform.

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