NFL Analyst: Diggs Won't Be With Vikings Next Season

Stefon Diggs is clearly unhappy in Minnesota, Ben Leber says, and has likely played his final game for the Vikings

Zach Gelb
February 27, 2020 - 9:57 am
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After removing all Vikings photos from his Instagram account, Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs seems unhappy in Minnesota, which is, quite frankly, stating the obvious.

“It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that he’s not happy,” former NFL linebacker and current Vikings analyst Ben Leber said on The Zach Gelb Show. “I’ve heard some people say, ‘Tweets are just tweets. It’s not that big of a deal. It’s Stefon just trying to stay relevant. He just wants a little attention in the offseason.’”

Leber, who played for the Vikings from 2006 to 2010, doesn’t see it that way at all.

“I look at it and say, no, he’s unhappy,” Leber said. “This is all very purposeful for him. This is all very constructed. He knows what he’s doing. He didn’t just innocently delete all of his Vikings stuff off Instagram. He’s unhappy, and he’s trying to create some leverage for himself and let teams know that he can be moved.”

Diggs, 26, caught 63 balls for a career-high 1,130 yards last season. In 2018, however, he caught a career-high 102 balls and scored a career-high nine touchdowns. He likely didn’t like his diminished role in the offense this past season.

Nevertheless, the Vikings claim they have no reason to think Diggs won’t be in Minnesota next season.

“I think the Vikings are playing it the right way,” Leber said. “You’ve got to act like you’re going to covet the guy, that you’re going to keep him. That way you can get the best possible deal for him.”

Diggs is talented, no doubt, but there are benefits to dealing him.

“If he’s a guy that is disgruntled and you can get him off your team and save some cap room and get some money back for a team that has very little cap space, it could be a win-win situation for the Vikings,” Leber said. 

Leber was asked point blank if Diggs will be on the Vikings roster next season.

“No,” Leber said. “I don’t think he is.”