JLC: Vikings Unlikely To Trade Diggs In-Season

Stefon Diggs is apparently unhappy in Minnesota. He's not alone in that regard, either...

Tiki and Tierney
October 03, 2019 - 7:00 pm
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Stefon Diggs missed practice Wednesday for non-injury reasons, leading many to speculate that he is unhappy in Minnesota and wants to be traded. Diggs did not address that matter directly, but he did say Thursday that there is “truth to all rumors.”

What do we make of this? Could Diggs be moved before the Oct. 29 trade deadline?

“There’s a lot of people who aren’t happy in Minnesota right now,” CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora said on Tiki & Tierney. “Adam Thielen, he voiced his displeasure after the game. A lot of people thought Irv Smith was going to be an immediate impact guy in that offense and that they’d run a lot of two tight end stuff and have you guessing – are they running? are they throwing? – and that hasn’t materialized.”

Then there’s Diggs, who had just six catches for 101 yards through the first three weeks of the season. Still, while he is likely unhappy with his involvement – or lack thereof – in the offense, that doesn’t mean he’s going to be traded.

“The bottom line is they gave a quarterback $84 million for three years to try to win a Super Bowl in that window,” La Canfora said. “Stefon Diggs got an extension with that in mind as well. While I do think this may end up being one of the more fertile trade deadlines we’ve ever seen, that’s not a team that’s a seller right now.”

Nor should it be. The Vikings (2-2) are in last place in the NFC North, but the Packers (3-1), Bears (3-1) and Lions (2-1-1) all have weaknesses.

“Just look at that division,” La Canfora said. “Minnesota is not great by any stretch of the imagination, and Cousins has been awful. But you’re going to tell me Chicago is an offensive juggernaut? Detroit, I think, might be the best team in that division, but they’re not running away and hiding, and Green Bay is winning despite its offense. 

“So unless the bottom really falls out quickly, I don’t see Minnesota entertaining that in-season,” La Canora continued. “After the season, there could be a new coach – there could be a lot of different stuff going on there then. I don’t see them selling by the deadline, though.”

The Vikings (2-2) face the Giants on the road this Sunday. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.