Mike Zimmer declines to talk about Stefon Diggs situation, calling it an “internal matter”

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A day after his failure to show up for work sparked plenty of speculation about receiver Stefon Diggs‘ future in Minnesota, his presence at practice (and comments to the media) sparked plenty more.

His head coach opted to add no fuel to the fire. Via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Mike Zimmer declined to discuss the Diggs situation, calling it an “internal matter.”

As to whether Diggs will play against the Giants on Sunday, Zimmer said (via Chad Graff of TheAthletic.com), “We’ll see.”

Reporters saw Diggs catching passes at the end of Thursday’s practice not from quarterbacks Kirk Cousins or Sean Mannion. Instead, via Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com, it was practice-squad quarterback Jake Browning throwing to Diggs.

Trade speculation regarding Diggs has swirled for days, and Diggs did nothing to dispel it on Thursday. The Vikings reportedly have no plans to trade Diggs, but it feels like the situation simply isn’t sustainable — especially if someone makes the Vikings a viable offer for Diggs.

As explained here last week, the dramatic change in Minnesota’s offense makes Diggs a luxury the Vikings can’t afford. The problem is that depth behind Diggs and fellow starter Adam Thielen is thin.

71 responses to “Mike Zimmer declines to talk about Stefon Diggs situation, calling it an “internal matter”

  1. How is the possibility of trading a guy internal? The idea of a trade takes more than one team making it not an internal matter.

  2. Diggs is my favorite player on the Vikings and I will be mad if they trade him for anything. I don’t care if it’s 2 first round picks.

  3. The knee-jerk response to Diggs being unhappy is that he doesn’t like that he isn’t getting enough targets in the new run-oriented offense, but he has been happy since OTAs. He was unhappy before he even got a chance to see what kind of opportunities he got in this offense. I think his disillusion is with the fact that he sees himself as a number one receiver but Adam Thielen keeps getting more targets and putting up bigger numbers. He wants to go to a team where he can be the clear #1.

    Reminds me a lot of another guy with the same first name from around here about 20 years ago: Stephon Marbury. Marbury wanted to leave the Timberwolves because he wanted to be the highest paid player on the team but it was impossible because the NBA limited the amount a player could make after Kevin Garnett signed his big contract. What looked like a beautiful partnership was blown up and ruined a team because of one player’s ego. Look like it’s happening again.

  4. How do you turn an NFC Championship game team into a mess like this? Refuse to call your NFC Championship game QB the starter after every single game all year long, give an overrated QB way too much money and crown him the team’s savior. He’s not good and the team knows it. This downward spiral has been dizzying

  5. If I were the Vikes I’d call the Chiefs, Saints, Rams, Packers and Eagles and say, “convince me not to send him to the Patriots.’

  6. Don’t trade him. His issue is with Cousins and the game plan. Get rid of Cousins after the season (somehow) and keep Diggs

  7. What is it about WR’s lately?? Diggs in the past seemed to be humble and respectful of the opportunity he has been given in the NFL. Now his is acting like a spoiled brat…….kind of like A Brown, Ocho Cinco, Terrell Owens, ect. WTH is going on???

    Regardless if he wants to play cry baby games, he can take his helmet (if he leaves it on) and walk. I am done with NFL divas.

  8. I think Sean Salisbury and Sage Rosenfels were my favorite Viking QBs. Don’t those sound like a couple of Shakespeare characters? Rosenfels and Salisbury.

  9. firerogergoodell says:
    October 3, 2019 at 4:23 pm
    Diggs is my favorite player on the Vikings and I will be mad if they trade him for anything. I don’t care if it’s 2 first round picks.

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    Don’t worry, it won’t be.

  10. Some people can’t handle being called out for taking off their helmet after a TD, fumble at the end of a 40 yard gain
    . Not enough effort to stop an INT. Too small injury prone immature. What is the alternative? He carries 9 mil in dead cap space the 21 million the next year. It makes no sense. Who will replace him? Unless you can get Chris Samuel and a # 1 from the Skins and a WR why do it? It has no logic and that means Spielman probably will.

  11. Remember how after the miracle in Minnesota they said he would never ever have to pay for a meal in that town. Stefon, here’s your bill.

  12. Can’t blame Diggs. I’m sure he wants to win a Super Bowl, and he knows that window won’t even open a crack for the Vikings anytime in the next 5 to 7 years. The horrible Cousins contract has set them back at least that far

  13. As a Vikings fan, I’m pretty much done with the Cousins experiment. The problem is that his contract is not done and he’s a Viking through the end of the 2020 season. If I’m Rick, I’m talking to the Wilfs about trading everyone not in the plans for 2021 for draft picks and high ceiling developmental players… I’d invest very little cap space into 2020 knowing it carries over to 2021.

    and I’m probably trading Diggs too if he wants out. I’d use my picks to trade up and draft Cousin’s replacement this spring and let him sit behind KC for a year and then take over in 2021… use the cap savings to fill the holes around him.

    This team is not going anywhere with Cousins at the helm.

  14. If Daniel Jones outplays Kirk on Sunday and Giants win… well then this Vikes stuff is gonna get even MORE entertaining…Minnesota hasn’t seen this level riches being squandered since Latrell Spreewell….

  15. If they trade this young and extremely talented receiver, they will lose whatever remainder of the fanbase that they have. It makes ZERO sense to trade him, that is, if they still believe they are a contender. Sure, lets trade Diggs and then contend for a playoff spot despite a passing game that is already struggling. I’m sure trading Diggs will fix all of that!

    If they trade him, TRADE THEM ALL and TANK FOR TREVOR! Fire Zim after you FIRE SPIELMAN!

  16. Get 2 x 1st round draft picks and the signing bonus back and good riddance. If Diggs thinks the grass is greener on the other side- be it! The team has done wonders for him and if he thinks another team will bow to him, he has another thing coming.

  17. Diggs in the past seemed to be humble and respectful of the opportunity he has been given in the NFL. Now his is acting like a spoiled brat

    ++++++

    Sorry but Diggs always had this potential. Humble he is not.

  18. Demote Mike Zimmer to defensive coordinator and hire Mike McCarthy as the head coach. Zimmer was great as the Bengals’ defensive coordinator. Then, cut ties with Kirk Cousins, consider drafting a starting quarterback in the first round of next year’s draft, and trade for a second or third-tier quarterback, such as Cam Newton, Andy Dalton, Case Keenum, or Eli Manning. Each of these quarterbacks are better than Cousins. The team’s current struggles have nothing to do with the receivers whatsoever.

  19. They need to get together… sort this stuff out and make it make them stronger. If not… it’s only gonna get worse.

  20. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    October 3, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    The knee-jerk response to Diggs being unhappy is that he doesn’t like that he isn’t getting enough targets in the new run-oriented offense, but he has been happy since OTAs.
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    I meant to say that Diggs has been UNhappy since OTAs. He skipped a few days because he had work to do with his house or some such excuse.

  21. The one thing you’re not going to get with Zim is the answer you seek.

    That’s the reason the media is always on the vikings hard. You would think they were 0-4.

  22. They have no other third receiving option in this offense, that’s the biggest problem. Teams can just focus on Diggs and Thielen, play safeties over the top of them, and no other WRs or TEs are winning their matchups one on one. The offensive line issues are real and have been there, it’s nothing new. But where is Rudolph, who they just gave an extension to? Where is Irv Smith? Where is Treadwell, Beebe, etc? If they were to trade Diggs, how would the passing game work then?

    Cousins is a below average QB, but they’re stuck with him. They need to add a real WR3, WR4, WR5, a real receiving threat at the TE spot, and improve the offensive line.

    I think they should have traded Rudolph last year or this offseason, he’s giving them nothing for 9 mill+ a year.

  23. Even if they get a good pick(s) for him they’d still need to draft a comparable player which isn’t easy. There are cases where addition by subtraction is real but lots of times you just give away talent that you can’t readily replace.

  24. Zimmer is one strange cat. Fires multiple OCs for not running the ball enough, wildly overpays for a bad QB, then let’s his WRs run their mouths for not getting enough targets

  25. After the contract the Vikes signed Diggs too just this year, there is no way they are trading him! Guy had one really good year, 102 catches, and they sign him to 5 years, $72 million with a $15 million signing bonus and $40 million guaranteed. Just after Diggs signs the Vikes sign Thielen to a 4 year $64 million contract. The year before they give the mediocre Cousins a 3 year, $84 million contract. Fast forward a few months and the Vikes are now going to a mainly run based offense. Just wondering does the GM and HC talk about what type of players they need?

  26. Vikings fans really think they could get 2 1st rounders for Diggs?!?!?!

    Come on, come back to reality. Also, remember the cap implications for trading Diggs. He’d count against the cap a ton this year and next year. And this team needs space to fill in holes around the 29.5 million dollar cap hit Cousins has in 2020. Unless the Vikings are going to completely blow the whole team up, it’s not going to happen. They should’ve traded Rudolph last year instead of giving him an extension and used that money to try and fix the O-line and maybe get a few other real options in the passing game.

  27. jeffreyshulenburg says:
    October 3, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Its worth noting that Buffalo just cleared a roster spot and didnt announce a corresponding move. They have a free roster spot for some reason….
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    If the Bills do trade for Diggs they’ll just need a QB that can throw the ball to players with the right color jerseys to make use of him. Allen is a turnover machine.

  28. I do find it a little concerning that both of our star receivers are not too happy with KC at the helm. Especially being that they BOTH just had career years last year. I think that it goes beyond a production issue, since we were seeing the start of all of this at the end of last year. If this decision to bring KC to the Vikes completely unravels our team, and we see players start to mutiny, the blame needs to fall on the the person or persons who decided to offer up the 84 million dollar contract and bring KC to the Vikes.

  29. This is all but done. The deal is already set. It was interesting the rumor he was in Buffalo if that is true or not. And Buff has aleady posted their inactives today, that is not due until Sunday at like noon. Just odd. Best fits in no order are NE, SEA, Dallas, or LAC if going all in. I could see Jax as well if trading disgruntled parts but I would think Minn would prefer draft capital or a player or combo. Most probable is AFC in perfect world. NE needs WR as Dorsett is playing like poop, Josh is knee balky, JE has chest issues. Figure a 1st next year, and a 2 and 4 the next year after or some combo. could be a player involved as well

  30. The line would hold up better if we didn’t only pass on obvious passing downs. The key a running game is getting good yardage on first down. If you don’t have defensive line pubs their ears back and rushed. Our line can’t manage that, so we need more diversity on first down. The Bears went all out to stop our runs on first down and despite some initial success it scuttled both our running and passing game. I don’t blame Diggs for being upset, but I do blame him for skipping practice and making this public but in today’s NFL that won’t scare off any teams. But he would be a lot more content with better play by the QB and better to play calling. I am sure they know this but sadly this might be the best this group can do. I fear the Cousins deal hurt us as badly as the Herschel Walker deal did.

  31. Buffalo seems quite logical, they are in AFC, they have the cap room, they have extra 4, 5, 7 next year so can tolerate picks loss.

  32. Why would Zimmer talk about something the press made up and Diggs didn’t fully squash? Zimmer said all he has to say about the matter.

  33. NathanGau says:
    October 3, 2019 at 4:54 pm
    As a Vikings fan, I’m pretty much done with the Cousins experiment. The problem is that his contract is not done and he’s a Viking through the end of the 2020 season. If I’m Rick, I’m talking to the Wilfs about trading everyone not in the plans for 2021 for draft picks and high ceiling developmental players… I’d invest very little cap space into 2020 knowing it carries over to 2021.

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    This is exactly what MN should do(and should have done 3 years ago) but as soon as Spielman makes that pitch to Wilf he will be shown the door. He’s the guy who put his butt on the line signing Cousins. So Spielman and Zimmer will be gone along with Cousins and all the rest of the players who have trade value.

    Tear it down and rebuild is the only hope. You cannot win a trophy with any of these guys so move on and try to find someone who can.

  34. Diggs and Thielen are being way too impatient. Let Stefanski develop the running scheme and as soon as the defenses commit to stopping it, they’ll see plenty of 1 on 1 looks. Would they rather go back to the double teams him and Thielen were dealing with the second half of last season?

  35. The Vikes should have never let go of Case Kenumm. Things were going just fine. Then they trade all there QB’s and that’s were we are today.

  36. I just hope they can keep the nucleus of the team together long enough to get beyond the Cousins debacle.

  37. How do you turn an NFC Championship game team into a mess like this? Refuse to call your NFC Championship game QB the starter after every single game all year long, give an overrated QB way too much money and crown him the team’s savior. He’s not good and the team knows it. This downward spiral has been dizzying

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    This is so true. Not a Vikings fan but as a Lions fan I pay attention to them. Case may not have been an all pro qb, but he had great chemistry with both their top receivers. Why they blew that up after an NFc championship appearance to overpay cousins has got to be the front office mystery of the NFL decade.

  38. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    October 3, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Can’t blame Diggs. I’m sure he wants to win a Super Bowl, and he knows that window won’t even open a crack for the Vikings anytime in the next 5 to 7 years. The horrible Cousins contract has set them back at least that far

    Yea don’t blame Diggs after getting a huge contract for sinking the queens even further, you’re 2-2 and Viking Nation is already throwing in the towel…..but the Packers yea there dead….hehe

  39. Head coach doing exactly as he should. Only problem here is the drama queen wide receiver taking it to the internet to generate as much attention as possible. Absolutely toxic to the team. How about score some touch downs and help win games.

  40. “TANK FOR TREVOR”

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    Your plan is for the Vikings to tank the rest of the 2019 season and then tank the whole 2020 season as well?

    Trevor Lawrence is not eligible for the NFL Draft until 2021.

    The funny thing is that the Vikings have been a epic failure franchise for decades without tanking on purpose.

  41. Diggs needs to take a page out of the Randy Moss handbook and start to complain about the quality of food being served by the catering company. It got Moss a one way ticket out of town and should work equally well for Diggs.

    Get your popcorn ready, this downward spiral to the bottom has a few more chapters to be written before the 2019 seasons ends.

  42. I remember when Vikings fans were almost celebrating the fact that Khalil Mack signed with the Bears, thinking of what he would do to Rodgers and the Packers. I warned them then that the Vikings were the team which would be in the most danger with Mack in the division. Now, we see that has come true…without Mack, the Bears would not have swept the Vikings last season and MN probably takes the division despite Cousins QB play. Now, after a debilitating loss to the Bears once again, the Vikings franchise has been thrown into chaos.

    So Vikings fans, how do you feel about Khalil Mack now?

  43. Sorry Diggs, suck it up man. I’d get it if you were catching the ball when we threw it to you, but fumbles and dropped passes do not a great wide receiver make. I mean unless we can package you up for a great starting QB…then via con dios buddy. =)

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