Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane has detailed his team's pivotal acquisition of superstar wide receiver Stefon Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings last offseason.
Beane, during a recent podcast appearance, said the momentous transaction all started with an ambiguous March 2020 social media post by Diggs that suggested he was unhappy with the Vikings.
"it's time for a new beginning," read the Diggs tweet in question. It was one of several clues from Diggs that offseason suggesting he was eager for a change.
Beane last week confirmed that the tweet caught the attention of the Bills.
"Stef put a tweet out there, just something -- I don't even remember what it was -- about new beginnings, or something like that," he told host Richard Sherman on Pro Football Focus' Cris Collinsworth podcast.
"So we checked with the Vikings, and at that point it was a different conversation. It wasn't, 'Hell no,' it was, 'We're not shopping him, but if you really want him, what would it be? And think about it.'"
The deal ultimately sent Diggs to the Buffalo in exchange for several draft picks, including the 2020 first-rounder that the Vikings used on wide receiver Justin Jefferson.
And, according to Beane, it came together in a matter of hours.
"And so that conversation started maybe around 4 o'clock, and we had a couple conversations in between, and around 9:30, 9:45 that night, we got it done.
"So, it shows you how quick these things can happen. I didn't wake up that morning thinking we were trading for Stef Diggs. But, fortunately, we had done all of our background -- who he was, and what type of person, what type of practice player he was, how professional he was -- anything like that. And not everything had been perfect for Stef in Minnesota, but we felt comfortable that bringing him into our culture, that he would be a fit, and fortunately for us he was."
Diggs was indeed an ideal fit for the Bills, leading the league in both catches and yards as the primary target for emergent superstar quarterback Josh Allen. The step forward marked the major breakout which many Diggs fans had been anticipating since he broke into the league in 2015.
Diggs, the author of one of the most famous plays in league postseason history for his 61-yard go-ahead score against the New Orleans Saints in the 2017 NFC Divisional Round playoffs, earned his first All-Pro nod for his standout 2020 campaign, while helping to lead the Bills to the AFC title game.
While Chasing and deciphering cryptic social media posts can be tiresome for journalists and fans alike, the Diggs deal is yet another example that there's oftentimes more than just smoke to rumors that start on those platforms.