As we know, the Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills agreed to the terms of a deal that sent wide receiver Stefon Diggs to upstate New York in the late hours of Monday night. However, the Bills were not the only team that expressed interesting in acquiring Diggs.
The Patriots were another team that talked to the Vikings about Stefon Diggs on Monday. The Redskins had interest, too, but their draft pick situation (they weren't going to trade the second overall pick, and have no second-rounder) made it tough.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 17, 2020
So Buffalo it is.
As Breer points out, Washington was in a difficult situation in their attempts to acquire Diggs. They don’t have a second-round pick in this year’s draft, as they traded it to the Indianapolis Colts in last year’s draft, and they weren’t going to give up the #2 overall pick to acquire Diggs, so they didn’t really have much to work with.
New England is in the same boat, it would appear. They also have no second-round pick, as they traded it to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for wide receiver Mohamed Sanu this past season. They do have three third-round picks, but without that second-round pick they likely weren’t willing to part with those.
So, the Vikings took what was undoubtedly the best deal on the table for a player that didn’t want to be part of the Vikings anymore. It’s difficult to fault them for that.