Vikings G.M. on Stefon Diggs trade: It was a good business decision

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During his media availability at the NFL Scouting Combine, Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman seemed confident — if not adamant — that Stefon Diggs would play for the team in 2020.

“He’s not only a major part of our offense and a major part of our organization winning games, but he also does a lot of things for this organization off the field,” Spielman said in February. “There’s no reason — the rumors or whatever you’re talking about — to anticipate that Stefon Diggs is not going to be a Minnesota Viking.”

Only 20 days later, Diggs was a Buffalo Bill.

“We had no intention of trading Diggs at the Combine,” Spielman said during a conference call Tuesday, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “He was a great player. He was a great in the community.”

So what changed?

Diggs made it clear he wanted out, and the Bills offered first- (22nd overall), fifth- (155th overall) and sixth-round (201st overall) choices in 2020 and a 2021 fourth-rounder.

“I’m going to leave all those internal discussions in house,” Spielman said. “It just came to a point that all the draft capital we were able to get was a good business decision for us and a good business decision for him.”

The Vikings have an obvious need for a receiver, and fortunately for them, the draft is loaded with receivers.

Spielman said he would feel confident in drafting a receiver after the first round who could plug in and play, and even the fourth and fifth rounds have receivers who can be immediate contributors.

33 responses to “Vikings G.M. on Stefon Diggs trade: It was a good business decision

  1. Judging by the mass exodus from Minnesota this year, leaving the beleaguered Vikings is not only a good business decision but a good personal decision as well.

  2. I’m sure he is going to love being on a run first/defensive oriented team with a QB that trusts his legs more than his arm who has a terrible deep ball in a small frozen town… what can go wrong?

  3. If I remember correctly, The Bills have won as many Super Bowl championships as the Vikings.

  4. LandOf10000MethLabs says:
    April 21, 2020 at 3:51 pm
    Judging by the mass exodus from Minnesota this year, leaving the beleaguered Vikings is not only a good business decision but a good personal decision as well.
    ————————–
    You must be a real treat in person with very proud parents

  5. This guy doesn’t seem to understand that late round picks have little to no value. They traded a legitimate all-pro receiver for a mid to late first round pick and little else.

  6. It was only a good business decision if he doesn’t draft another bust in the first round. His recent first round picks have been awful.

  7. arealisticpackerfan says:
    April 21, 2020 at 4:17 pm
    This guy doesn’t seem to understand that late round picks have little to no value. They traded a legitimate all-pro receiver for a mid to late first round pick and little else.

    Fudge packer, the GOAT was a 6th round pick.

  8. Fudge packer, the GOAT was a 6th round pick.

    So, one player means its smart to accumulate a bunch of late round picks that are far more likely to become depth players.. or worse?

  9. Draft WR’s in the 2nd and 4th or 5th. Remember Diggs was a 5th rounder, so this is all plus. Will miss Diggs, glad he didn’t go to a rival, and ready to watch us pick twice in the first! Too bad it couldn’t be from US Bank Stadium…

  10. arealisticpackerfan says:
    April 21, 2020 at 4:17 pm
    This guy doesn’t seem to understand that late round picks have little to no value. They traded a legitimate all-pro receiver for a mid to late first round pick and little else.
    ————————————————————————-
    Diggs WAS a 5th round pick, soooo…..

  11. arealisticpackerfan says:

    April 21, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    This guy doesn’t seem to understand that late round picks have little to no value. They traded a legitimate all-pro receiver for a mid to late first round pick and little else.

    Did you see how many good wrs are in this years draft?

  12. If they go with a rookie WR and spend the first two picks on defense and NOT trade for the clown with browns then yea, it was a good decision. Gotta get better at QB.

  13. LandOf10000MethLabs says:
    April 21, 2020 at 3:51 pm
    Judging by the mass exodus from Minnesota this year, leaving the beleaguered Vikings is not only a good business decision but a good personal decision as well.

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    And not a single one left by choice. They were all let go or traded.

    At least try to fake intelligence

  14. arealisticpackerfan says:
    April 21, 2020 at 4:17 pm
    This guy doesn’t seem to understand that late round picks have little to no value. They traded a legitimate all-pro receiver for a mid to late first round pick and little else.

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Haven’t we all heard how brilliant the pack was with their late round picks every year.

    Patriot wanna-be’s

  15. arealisticpackerfan says:
    April 21, 2020 at 4:17 pm
    This guy doesn’t seem to understand that late round picks have little to no value. They traded a legitimate all-pro receiver for a mid to late first round pick and little
    —————–
    Diggs is a really good WR… but All-Pro! There are at least a dozen guys I would rather have than him. Several of them were not 1st rounders…

    Adam Theilen – UDFA
    Tyreek Hill – 5th round
    Micheal Thomas – 2nd round
    Devante Adams – 2nd round
    Chris Godwin – 3rd round

  16. “This guy doesn’t seem to understand that late round picks have little to no value. They traded a legitimate all-pro receiver for a mid to late first round pick and little else.”

    You realize they did get a 1st rounder too right?

    Theilen and Diggs were both late round/undrafted players who turned out pretty good…

  17. MN should select Troy Percy Treadwell with their 1st, and LaQuon Corderrell Harvin with their 2nd first rounder.

  18. I am a Packer fan and whoever doesn’t think this was a great move by the Vikings just doesn’t get how to run a team. Diggs is a good player no doubt but WR slow down starting around 28. They can draft a younger version with this pick and save money at positions you should pay for like OL and DL.

  19. It was a good deal for both teams but I have to say it’s great having two first-round picks when you’re a fan of the run-up to the NFL draft. Viking fans are having a lot more fun this week than Bills fans are.

  20. Great move by Rick, I enjoyed watching Diggs compete on Sundays he was fun to watch but come on. The Vikings got a good haul in that trade, only trolls feel otherwise.

  21. I’ll miss Diggs, he was a great WR, and the Vikes won’t be as good without him. Yet he wanted out, the Bills offered a ton of assets, and the Vikings did about as good as any team could have in this situation. I could care less how Diggs performs with the Bills, although it is pretty clear he was in a better position to succeed offensively in MN — what I care about, and the kicker will be what the Vikings get out of those Bills’ picks.

    And all you need to know about the intelligence of the cheeser that said late round picks have no value is to look at the round in which Diggs was drafted for an answer — the 5th.

  22. Diggs’ behavior gave them no choice. They made a good deal on a guy that didn’t want to be there and wasn’t going to be there in the long-term. He’s the next AB-type meltdown waiting to happen.

  23. cheeseisfattening says:
    April 21, 2020 at 4:27 pm
    I know a dopey fan base who think 2 for 1 poutine is a good business decision.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    I lived in Wisconsin off and on for nearly forty years and never once heard of the dish until you mentioned it. Now that I live in Mineesota again, I can understand why you did! There has to be at least two dozen restaurants that promote it as their specialty. You must’ve tried it at least once, or how would you have a clue of it’s palatability? I guess picking fights is harder than usual when your material has to come from your own family.

  24. cribbage12 says:
    April 21, 2020 at 5:08 pm
    Roster bubble guys who can spell that D front when needed. Kind of feel badly for them though bc they probably wanted the starting roles they’d get had Tricky Rick Spieladope not been asleep at the wheel.

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Don’t forget about Rashan Mandarich Gary

  25. atthemurph says:
    April 21, 2020 at 5:25 pm
    MN should select Troy Percy Treadwell with their 1st, and LaQuon Corderrell Harvin with their 2nd first rounder.

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Don’t forget about Rashan Mandarich Gary

  26. stellarperformance says:
    April 21, 2020 at 6:12 pm
    cheeseisfattening says:
    April 21, 2020 at 4:27 pm
    I know a dopey fan base who think 2 for 1 poutine is a good business decision.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    I lived in Wisconsin off and on for nearly forty years and never once heard of the dish until you mentioned it.

    your lack of knowledge of something servered in and all around lambeau field does not make you correct. it just makes you dopey thinking it does.

  27. Look, keeping him here when didn’t want to be here benefitted no one and divides a locker room. They got a slew of draft picks for him, including a first, after only having a 5th invested in him. I would say the Vikings did really well on this trade. But they need to make the most of this draft, as everyone knows a lot of folks are gone. But we were just coming up short and getting older. I have no problem with making some big changes to try to get some big results, but this draft is key.

  28. My word…. Rick Spielman says Rick Spielman made a good decision and the Purple brigade come storming forth like it’s the Bradford trade and the promise of an open window.

    Remind me of Spielman’s achievements in playoff wins, again.

  29. purpleguy says:
    April 21, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    And all you need to know about the intelligence of the cheeser that said late round picks have no value is to look at the round in which Diggs was drafted for an answer — the 5th.

    ++++++

    The Vikings did ok in draft pick return, but you have to factor in they took on $11.9M in dead money to do so. That’s star level cap room for a year, and not by design.

  30. cheeseisfattening says:
    April 21, 2020 at 6:44 pm
    your lack of knowledge of something servered in and all around lambeau field
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    I guess you’d know. You know what they say, “write what you know.” Ummm, ummm, good!

    Bon Appetit’

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