In the wake of the trade that sent wide receiver Stefon Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings to the Buffalo Bills, one of the theories that surfaced almost immediately was that Diggs had become frustrated with quarterback Kirk Cousins.
This reasoning is stupid beyond what the limitations of the English language will allow me to accurately convey, but if that did have anything to do with Diggs’ desire to move on, I think we can pretty accurately dismiss it today.
Diggs wrote an article for The Players Tribune expressing his excitement and desire to get things started with his new team. He addresses his relationship with Cousins in the article, and it really does sound like he and Cousins hated each other's guts.
Kirk was one of the first guys to text me. He was super appreciative of the time we spent together over the last couple of years, and he was just as encouraging, wishing me the best of luck in Buffalo. And it’s like … what do I even say about Kirk? This is a man who has invited me into his home. Introduced me to his family. Put in the extra hours with us. He’s a guy who, through all the ups and downs over the last couple of years, I’ve developed a tremendous amount of appreciation and respect for. I’m definitely going to miss playing with and learning from him.
Oh, wait. . .it doesn’t actually sound like that at all. It actually sounds like Diggs. . .squints at text. . .developed a tremendous amount of appreciation and respect for Cousins. It sounds like that because that’s precisely what Diggs said, word for word.
Unless you think Stefon Diggs is lying, of course, in which case I advise you to take it up with Stefon Diggs.
I know that there are plenty of people that aren’t big fans of the Diggs trade. We’re probably never going to know everything that happened behind the scenes that made Diggs want to move on and made the Vikings grant him his wish.
But it certainly doesn’t sound like it had anything to do with his relationship with his quarterback.
I’m going to advance the same theory here that I advanced on Twitter. It’s going to sound weird, but I’m going to throw it out there anyway.
Maybe everything that happens to the Vikings that’s bad or that people disagree with isn’t the fault of Kirk Cousins. Maybe.