Kirk Cousins: Stefon Diggs trade worked out well with how Justin Jefferson has played

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For two years together in Minnesota, Kirk Cousins and Stefon Diggs were an effective quarterback-receiver pairing. Then the Vikings traded Diggs to Buffalo, and Cousins admits he was concerned.

But in that trade the Vikings acquired the Bills’ first-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft, and they selected wide receiver Justin Jefferson, who made instantly replaced Diggs’ role in the offense. As the Vikings prepare to play the Bills on Sunday, Cousins says it all worked out.

“I think it’s one that’s worked out for everybody involved,” Cousins said. “Stefon was looking for a different opportunity, and his production in Buffalo would suggest that’s worked out very well for him. . . . Being able to get Justin made it sting a little less, with the way Justin’s played. But make no mistake about it, Stefon is an elite receiver, he’s shown that here, he’s shown that there, and he’s doing it again this year, and it doesn’t surprise me in the least, having played with him.”

Cousins said Diggs let him know months before the March 2020 trade that he was asking the Vikings to move him, and that Diggs assured him it wasn’t about any frustration with Cousins.

“Stefon was looking for another opportunity and I’m happy for him,” Cousins said. “He made it pretty clear from the start, ‘This has nothing to do with you.’ We talked about it. In pro sports, there’s a level of players needing to protect themselves, look out for themselves and their careers, and I understand that.”

The Vikings took a risk when they granted Diggs’ trade request, and that decision would look a lot different if some other team had drafted Jefferson before the Vikings got him with the 22nd pick. But Jefferson made the risk pay off.

32 responses to “Kirk Cousins: Stefon Diggs trade worked out well with how Justin Jefferson has played

  1. Good trade for all involved. Both guys have been lights out and both teams should be happy w the results

  2. Diggs made similar comments yesterday in Bills arranged press interview.

    Diggs has grown into a mature and thoughtful man. He remains spectacularly talented.

  3. Great deal for both teams. Love diggs and Jefferson seems like a real stand up guy. I wish more trades worked out well for both teams. Diggs also went to a different level in this offense. Not every trade needs a loser

  4. I’d say it worked out better for the Vikings
    A younger cheaper more effective receiver in Jefferson

  5. Let’s not forget how lucky the Vikings were in the Draft. Raiders picked Henry Ruggs and Eagles took Jalen Reagor ahead of JJ.

    No way JJ should have still been on the board by Buffalo’s traded pick.

  6. Dalriatamustangplayer:
    Agreed. Plus, didn’t we also get Cam Bynum with another pick from that trade?

  7. In addition to his talent on the field, Diggs brought experience and maturity to the Bills locker room. Often before home games, Diggs is out pre-game playing catch with young fans, using the word love for his teammate Dawson Knox after the loss of his brother, and is commercials that portrays how football unites people.

  8. Agree 100% with Cousins, it was terrible to trade Diggs. He was a fan favorite. But he had enough and wanted out so it had to happen. Getting Jefferson does take some of the sting away from losing Diggs. Still like and root for Diggs. SKOL

  9. The Vikings’ number of 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalties has dropped drastically since Diggs was traded.

  10. Cousins shouldn’t have said anything. Now it’s jinxed. Diggs is going to go off.

  11. Sure Kirk, it wasn’t about you!
    Diggs got suspended one game and fined $200k by the Vikings.
    It was you, Kirk. And although you seem like a nice guy, Diggs didn’t believe in you, and most Viking fans don’t either.
    Show some fire and stop taking sacks without any pocket awareness, please!

  12. Dalriatamustangplayer says:

    I’d say it worked out better for the Vikings
    A younger cheaper more effective receiver in Jefferson

    I get the point, but I think that Diggs what what the Bills needed at the time. Allen was in his 3rd year and needed that veteran #1 to help him go to the next level. I don’t think a rookie would have had the same impact on Allen or the Bills team.

  13. If you are looking at solely stats, the trade was a win-win. But, as Herm said, you play to win the game. The bills acquired diggs to take their team to the next level and this is the 3rd straight year the bills are a top team. Meanwhile, the Vikings wasted 2 low cost years and didn’t make the playoffs. Bills won the trade and its not even close.

  14. It ended up being a win win after JJ got passed on and fell into the Vikings Lap. I remember the video from the Vikings war room when the Eagles took Jalen Reagor. Those guys were running around high fiveing each other.

  15. fmc651 says:
    November 10, 2022 at 8:45 am
    Agree 100% with Cousins, it was terrible to trade Diggs. He was a fan favorite. But he had enough and wanted out so it had to happen. Getting Jefferson does take some of the sting away from losing Diggs. Still like and root for Diggs. SKOL
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    Some of the sting? Look no further than yards per game and TDs across the previous two seasons. There was no sting.

  16. billshistorian says:
    November 10, 2022 at 9:49 am
    If you are looking at solely stats, the trade was a win-win. But, as Herm said, you play to win the game. The bills acquired diggs to take their team to the next level and this is the 3rd straight year the bills are a top team. Meanwhile, the Vikings wasted 2 low cost years and didn’t make the playoffs. Bills won the trade and its not even close.
    ////////
    You’re not real familiar with how the team game works, are you? The Vikings defense ranked about 30th the last two years. It’s literally why their coach and GM got fired. JJ is younger and better than Diggs, and Diggs is really good. He’s also cheaper, for now.

  17. Both are excellent receivers, and both are presently in great situations. No, Diggs’ issue wasn’t with Cousins. It was with Zimmer’s insistence on playing an offensive style that was no longer effective. Zimmer was all about protecting his defense, so that meant the offe3nse should be about ball control and running 70% of the time. Diggs wanted a fair shot to show what he could do, and Buffalo turned out to be the perfect place for him. Jefferson is now in an excellent offensive scheme as well, proven by the Vikings record. Everyone is happy, and that is rare.

  18. There isn’t a team in the League that would choose Diggs over Jefferson at this point.

    Even the Bills.

  19. Dalriatamustangplayer says:
    November 10, 2022 at 5:55 am
    I’d say it worked out better for the Vikings
    A younger cheaper more effective receiver in Jefferson

    ———————————

    Younger and cheaper? Sure. More effective? Slow down there, champ.

  20. COUSINS in the end will choke just like he always does heck the choker still isn’t even even immunized.

  21. All these Vikings fans acting like Jefferson is better than Diggs are living in fantasyland.

  22. This is a very talented team and Spielman built it. Cant believe he’s not a gm somewhere. His forte was knowing when to dump guys with talent left in the tank, get picks, bundle picks and then move up in the draft to get that one pearl in the ocean: Diggs, Jefferson, Smith, Cook.
    Spielman stole several drafts with his excellant knowledge of the picks and knowing how to fill holes.
    Zimmer was his downfall being a defensive coach trying to coach offense.

  23. chronicb says:
    November 10, 2022 at 8:30 am

    Plus, didn’t we also get Cam Bynum with another pick from that trade?
    ________

    Actually, the 2021 4th-round pick they got in the Buffalo trade was used to take Janarius Robinson, who was on IR his whole rookie season and was cut before this season. He’s on IR with the Eagles now.

  24. KnowsMoreThanYou says,

    The idea of a lower cost WR is to use the money elsewhere. The Vikings failed in that regard and wasted 2 low cost seasons. They will in all likelihood give JJ the top WR contract this offseason. So if the Vikings wasted 2 low cost seasons and the bills thrived with a higher cost diggs, then the bills win the trade.

  25. The Truth- I guess reading comprehension isn’t your strong suit. I said I like Diggs that is where the sting is not any numbers. I enjoyed watching him compete and perform.

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