Bills send WR Stefon Diggs to the Texans in exchange for a second-round pick in 2025

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Stefon Diggs has experienced two trades in his career.

According to people with knowledge of the matter, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday that the Buffalo Bills are sending Diggs to the Houston Texans in exchange for a second-round selection in 2025, along with a 2024 sixth-round pick and a 2025 fifth.

Diggs broke the 1,100-yard receiving mark in each of his four seasons in Buffalo after being traded from Minnesota in 2020. In his first season with Josh Allen, he set an NFL record with 127 receptions and 1,535 yards.

The Texans made a huge move by adding Diggs, giving quarterback C.J. Stroud another weapon. Together with Tank Dell and Nico Collins, the 30-year-old wide receiver makes up one of the top receiving trios in the NFL. Diggs will provide Stroud with a dependable veteran to rely on because of his ability to win one-on-ones and get open off the line. With the strong complements among all three receivers, offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik should be able to consistently threaten defenses.

Additionally, Diggs’ presence ought to guarantee that Joe Mixon, the new rushing back, sees light boxes for the majority of the season. When you add tight end Dalton Schultz and a potent offensive line, the Houston offense appears unstoppable going into the 2024 season.

 

Give general manager Nick Caserio credit for his summer maneuvers to maximize the potential of his young Pro Bowl quarterback. After an impressive, award-winning debut campaign, Stroud is well-positioned to keep improving.

The team in Buffalo seems prepared to let go of the unpredictable wide receiver.

Diggs was a target hog for the majority of his time in Buffalo, where he amassed 5,372 yards and 37 touchdowns throughout four seasons, with Allen frequently spotting him.

However, Diggs’s involvement decreased last season after Joe Brady was promoted to offensive coordinator and Ken Dorsey was fired. The wide receiver never reached the 100-yard mark in the final seven regular season games and the two playoff games, and his playtime steadily decreased from 90% to the low 60s.

In addition, there was the drama of the previous offseason, such as Diggs missing a portion of the required minicamp, which prompted Sean McDermott to express his “great concern” over the wideout’s absence. After that offseason drama, the team and Diggs went forward, but nothing ever felt comfortable.

According to Over The Cap, trading Diggs leaves Buffalo with over $31 million in dead cap. The Bills were driven to move on from the transaction given the meager return (not even a 2024 selection).

Diggs’ trade to Houston created a huge void in Buffalo’s receiving group, which also saw Gabe Davis sign a free-agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Right now, Khalil Shakir, Mack Hollins, K.J. Hamler, Justin Shorter, and Curtis Samuel are Allen’s preferred targets.

The majority of predictions said the Bills would add a receiver in the first round. Those jokes will only get more intense in the wake of the Diggs announcement.

Jettisoning Diggs is the next move in Buffalo’s offseason rebuild, which also included the departures of Tre’Davious White, Mitch Morse, Davis, Jordan Poyer, and Diggs.

We anticipated a different Bills team in 2024. Diggs’ shipping out emphasizes that point with a capital letter.