Stefon Diggs: Bills were fortunate to hold onto so many players

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Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs is happy about the addition of wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders in free agency, but his appreciation of the team’s offseason moves wasn’t limited to new arrivals in Buffalo.

The Bills re-sign guard Jon Feliciano, tackle Daryl Williams, and linebacker Matt Milano rather than let them walk as free agents. They also reworked the contracts of players like center Mitch Morse and defensive end Mario Addison to ensure that they’d be back for another run with the team.

Diggs feels that the moves allows the team to build off the foundation established under head coach Sean McDermott and offers a chance at prolonged success for the 2020 AFC East champs.

“We were fortunate enough to sign a lot of the guys that could have ended up on other teams or ended up on a new adventure,” Diggs said, via Matthew Fairburn of TheAthletic.com. “So for us, we are looking forward to having back all of our guys and building off that same foundation we built last year and the years prior to that because they had good years prior to me coming here. For me, I’m just looking forward to being the best teammate I can be and having some success on the field and doing my job. Hopefully we’re just scratching the surface of where we can be, but I don’t like to count my eggs before they hatch.”

The Bills couldn’t hold onto everybody, but the core remains intact and that’s reason to share Diggs’ feeling about what could be in the cards for the 2021 season.

7 responses to “Stefon Diggs: Bills were fortunate to hold onto so many players

  1. That is the bonus of having a fairly good QB on a rookie contract. The downside is when that QB will need $40 to $50 million a year and all those players are cut/traded for much cheaper and much lesser talent the “Superbowl” run is over like Seattle, Rams, Green Bay, Eagles, would say Dallas but they have been no where near a contender for several decades and the Vikings who paid Cousins and are barely sniffing the Playoffs.

  2. It appears players enjoy playing for McDermott and his staff. Kudos to McDermott for creating a team environment players feel good about. So much so, that they are willing to take less money to stay.

  3. It is a silver lining from the dark pandemic cloud. Less revenue means lower salary cap, which in turn means teams cannot overpay free agents like they used to in past years.

  4. McDermott is an excellent coach and manages games well. Not all players, but enough, appreciate that the City of Buffalo and upstate NY makes them feel at home. Great place to raise a family especially if you have the resources NFL players have. The team attracts guys that love the game. And they have a talented young QB.

    My gut tells me the AFC East, with the exception of the Jets, will be a tough out for non-divisional opponents.

  5. Allen is aware of the QB pay conundrum, and is looking to win, not warehouse a billion dollars. He will do a Brady, and take less. He likes winning more than 💰

  6. “Allen is aware of the QB pay conundrum, and is looking to win, not warehouse a billion dollars. He will do a Brady, and take less. He likes winning more than 💰”
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    Maybe. I never blame guys for taking as much as they can get.

    Is there anyone besides Brady who has actually taken below their value so consistently? His situation was pretty unique. I don’t see many other QB’s mirroring that, no matter how much they want to win (and I don’t doubt that quality in Allen a bit).

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