Publish date:

Stefon Diggs says he didn't force his way from Vikings

Diggs was traded from Minnesota after a series of tweets.

Former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs claimed that the March trade that sent him to the Buffalo Bills was not a product of him "forcing" his way out of Minnesota.

Speaking to the Buffalo media for the first time since the trade, Diggs was asked about his time in Minnesota and how he vocally showed his displeasure with how the offense was being run. Diggs' response expressed excitement about playing with the Bills but denied that he forced his way out.

"As far as my past with Minnesota, I never actually said anything," Diggs said. "I have a lot of respect for the Minnesota Vikings. At that time, a trade happened -- you've kind of got to look at it for what it is. But I never really was vocal about what I did or didn't like (in Minnesota)."

Anyone who follows Diggs on Twitter has to be scratching their heads on that comment as he spent a majority of the past year sending cryptic tweets to stir the pot. 

According to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, it was a tweet last March that actually implored to teams to inquire about Diggs' availability hours before he was sent to Buffalo.

Among the incidents that Diggs has had over the past year include skipping offseason team activities, skipping a practice after a Week 4 loss in Chicago, and slamming his helmet on the sideline in frustration late in the Vikings playoff victory over the New Orleans Saints.

Despite the drama that may (or in Diggs' mind, may not) have happened, both sides seem to be happy with how things turned out. Diggs, who ran 31.9% of his routes 20 yards or more last season, is excited to get to work with quarterback Josh Allen, who ranked 29th in the NFL in quarterback rating on deep passes.

Meanwhile, the Vikings used the picks to acquire Justin Jefferson and rebuild their defense in last April's NFL Draft.

It's unknown how the Diggs trade will play it out in the long run, but chances are, it will at least be interesting.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2019-07-18 at 9.10.30 AM

Here's where DFLers stand on Minneapolis' public safety ballot question

The question would create a Department of Public Safety and remove some requirements.

Arthur Kollie

Man pleads guilty to brutal murder of 14-year-old girl in Fargo

The 14-year-old girl was the victim of a random attack outside a Fargo strip mall.

Minneapolis Mayoral Candidates 2021 - jacob frey sheila nezhad kate knuth

Here's who has endorsed the frontrunners for Minneapolis mayor

Politicians and community groups are voicing their opinions.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, October 26

The latest data for the pandemic in Minnesota.

target

Target touts new app, ordering features ahead of holidays

Here's how the retailer plans on making things "easy" for customers.

shower

Someone keeps trying to film showering women at U of M

The university has received three reports in the past two weeks.

Anya Magnuson

Woman in critical condition after driver hit her in Minneapolis

She's been unresponsive, but recently gave a thumbs up to her family.

crime scene tape - police tape

Suspect in fatal hit-and-run of Blaine dog walker arrested

The woman was airlifted and died at the hospital.

Anthony Edwards

Ant's rally not enough to save Timberwolves

Edwards' third-quarter explosion came too late in a loss to the Pelicans.

Rent, mortgage, house, key, door

Victims of property manager's sexual harassment to get $736,000

It's part of a consent decree announced by the Department of Justice Monday.

Related

Stefon Diggs wink

Vikings trade Stefon Diggs to Buffalo

The Vikings dealt their disgruntled receiver to the Bills for a haul of picks.

Stefon Diggs wink

Stefon Diggs sends tweet, Vikings fans lose minds

"If it weren't for Beane, my a-- would still be the sota."

Stefon Diggs

Stefon Diggs says farewell to Vikings fans, excited to join Bills

The former Vikings receiver took to The Players Tribune to recap his time in Minnesota.

Stefon Diggs wink

Diggs' wink, and a trade idea that 'makes sense' from Peter King

Stefon Diggs couldn't help but throw in a wink when talking about Minnesota.

Stefon Diggs wink

Wide Left: The Vikings totally want to trade Stefon Diggs

Is Rick Spielman pulling another Percy Harvin saga on us?

Vikings Offseason Preview: What to do with Diggs and the WRs

The Vikings turned away from the passing game in 2019, leading to some turbulent moments.

Stefon Diggs

Report: Stefon Diggs will play for Vikings against Giants

Diggs' status has been up in the air after a tumultuous week.

Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins talks new contract, Stefon Diggs and more

"We’re going to do all we can to deliver a championship."