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Report: Patriots, Redskins showed interest in Diggs prior to trade

But he ultimately went to Buffalo

Divisional Round - Minnesota Vikings v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

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.

According to Albert Breer of The MMQB, the New England Patriots and Washington Redskins also expressed interest in acquiring Diggs from the Vikings before he was dealt.

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.