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The Bills Trade Stefon Diggs to the Texans

The Bills Are Trading Away Their 4-Time Pro Bowl Receiver for a 2025 2nd-Round Pick

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In another offseason stunner, the Buffalo Bills have made NFL news by trading their top wide receiver, Stefon Diggs, to Houston giving the Texans’ second-year quarterback, C.J. Stroud, another potent weapon in his impressive offensive arsenal.

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The Bills Trade Stefon Diggs to the Texans
Stefon Diggs #14 of the Buffalo Bills | Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images/AFP

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NFL rumors had been circulating since the end of last season that Stefon Diggs was unhappy with how he was being used in Buffalo’s high-octane offense. It was somewhat perplexing in that Diggs had 160 targets last year, six more than the year before, with just one fewer reception, yet, had only 1,183 receiving yards in 2023 versus 1,429 in 2022.

But those concerns were put to rest this morning after the Bills announced a trade with the Houston Texans. The Texans will welcome the veteran 4x Pro Bowler who will become part of a stellar receiving corps including Nico Collins who caught 80 passes for 1,297 yards and eight touchdowns last season.

Promising rookie, Tank Dell, is also an important piece of what is now a talented triumvirate in Houston after catching 47 passes for 709 yards and seven touchdowns before being sidelined for the season with a fractured fibula after playing in only 11 NFL games.

In return, the Bills will receive the Texans’ second-round pick in 2025 (which originally belonged to the Vikings) and will send their 2025 fifth and sixth-round picks to Houston. The Texans appear to be the big winners in this deal assuming the 30-year-old Diggs has no significant performance decline.

If Diggs is as good as advertised, he should elevate this young Texans’ offense and provide veteran leadership to a team that exceeded all expectations last season with a rookie quarterback at the helm. Houston shocked the league by transforming from a 3-13-1 cellar dweller in 2022 to a 10-7 playoff team that walloped the Browns in the wild-card round before bowing to the Ravens in the divisional round.

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No WR1?

As for the Bills, they have opened up significant cap space, nearly $19 million, by dealing the disgruntled superstar but will need to replace him if they are to remain atop the AFC East and contend for a Super Bowl in this upcoming season. Even their No. 2 wideout from last year, Gabe Davis, is no longer with the team after signing a three-year deal with the Jaguars as a free agent.

The Bills have signed a jack-of-all-trades in wide receiver Curtis Samuel while adding depth with journeyman Mack Hollins in the offseason. However, the team is still without a bona fide No. 1 receiver. That means the Bills will either look to make a trade or, more likely, find what they need in the college ranks.

The Bills own the 28th overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft and could likely have an opportunity to select Georgia standout, Ladd McConkey. However, McConkey is projected as more of a complement to a talented ensemble rather than the lead actor. Buffalo GM Brandon Beane may also have his sights on Texas wideout Adonai Mitchell or could move up in the draft to get a more impactful receiver. We will know soon enough.

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