Albert Breer: Stefon Diggs’ recent tweets ‘shouldn’t be ignored’


It’s been a lucrative offseason for Davante Adams and Tyreek Hill, with the latter recently becoming the highest-paid receiver in NFL history, the result of a monster, four-year, $120-million extension worth $72.2 million guaranteed. The sudden spending spree on wide receivers hasn’t been lost on Stefon Diggs, whose recent tweets suggest a severe case of FOMO.

Best known for his walk-off touchdown to beat New Orleans in the “Minneapolis Miracle,” Diggs is coming off a career-high in touchdowns last season (10) and led the league in both catches (127) and receiving yards (1,535) the year prior. However, Diggs’ $14.4-million AAV (average annual value) ranks just 21st among NFL receivers, numbers that seem suspiciously low for a perennial Pro Bowler in the prime of his career.

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GM Brandon Beane has been adamant that extending Diggs’ deal isn’t among the Bills’ top priorities (he has two years remaining on his current contract), but in the interest of keeping their star receiver happy, maybe it should be. It’s too early to speculate a holdout, but Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated thinks the Bills should be at least a little concerned, warning that Diggs’ cryptic social media posts “shouldn’t be ignored.”

In a perfect world, Diggs would get his desired pay day and everyone would live happily ever after. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Recent hard-to-fathom transactions have exposed the salary cap as largely a myth, though the Bills still find themselves in a precarious position financially. Only the Falcons have less spending money right now, and that’s after already releasing Star Lotuleilei, Cole Beasley, Daryl Williams and A.J. Klein, among other cap casualties.

Diggs, by all accounts, appears to enjoy Buffalo and would welcome a long-term deal to keep intact one of the sport’s most potent wide receiver/quarterback tandems. And while leverage would seem to be on the Bills’ side, the league’s player empowerment era has taught us that if you’re willing to make a mess of things, teams will usually stand down, preferring to maintain the status quo by bending to a player’s whim, whether that’s in the form of a new contract or a trade request. The question is, does Diggs want to make a mess?

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