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Buffalo Bills send first-round draft pick to Minnesota Vikings for WR Stefon Diggs


Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

The Buffalo Bills have made a massive trade at the start of the 2020 league year, sending a first-round pick and change to the Minnesota Vikings for standout wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Jay Glazer was the first to tweet the deal.

Terms of the deal were made available immediately by Adam Schefter of ESPN:

  • Bills get WR Stefon Diggs, 2020 seventh-round pick
  • Vikings get first-round pick, fifth-round pick, sixth-round pick + 2021 fourth-round pick

Diggs has spent his entire five-year career in Minnesota after being selected in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He turned 26 in November. While he’s never been to the Pro Bowl, Diggs has two consecutive 1000-yard seasons and has 23 touchdowns over the last three years. His yards per target stood at over 12 in 2019 and his yards per catch approached 18. He fits the mold of the number-one receiver the team was looking for.

Along with Diggs, the Bills also inherit his contract from the Vikings. He’s set to make $11.5 million in 2020 and $12 million over the final three years of the deal. His 2020 salary will fully guarantee on March 20th. It’s essentially a year-to-year deal from here on out with no dead-cap money for Buffalo.

If you’re of the belief that the team should have waited and used that first-round draft pick on a young WR, you’re failing to accommodate for risk. Buffalo traded their first-round pick and three Day 3 draft picks for a proven receiver in the NFL to help their young quarterback.

Third-year quarterback Josh Allen seemed happy with the news on Twitter:

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