Stefon Diggs suggests lack of 'trust' with Vikings prompted trade request

Diggs has been enjoying his breakout season with the Bills in 2020

Stefon Diggs, the NFL's leader in receptions through Week 14, is opening up about his departure from the Vikings, which curiously came only one season into a handsome five-year extension that, many assumed, would keep him in Minnesota for the long haul.

The first-year Bills wide receiver is enjoying something of a breakout in Buffalo, prompting many to wonder why things went awry in Minnesota, where Diggs authored one of the most memorable touchdown scores in NFL postseason history.

Diggs has, mostly, played it cool for his part, but recent remarks have shed some light on what exactly allowed the Bills to acquire quarterback Josh Allen's new favorite target.

Diggs, a University of Maryland product and the older brother of Dallas Cowboys rookie cornerback Trevon Diggs, reportedly suggested that he was misled about the Vikings' plans to implement a ground-and-pound approach on the offensive side of the ball.

"They were kind of gearing towards a run-heavy offense at that time," Diggs said on ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown," according to Viking Age.

"I didn't know it going in," the 27-year-old explained. "I didn't know it was going to be that way. They only would allow me to do so much. In my eyes, it wasn't going to be in the best interest of my career."

Diggs then invoked a colorful turn of phrase when explaining how he felt the organization wasn't fully forthcoming with him.

"People were kind of -- I'm not going to say peeing on me and telling me that it's raining, that's a little bit harsh. But once you don't have trust with the person, it's hard to do business."

It's unclear whether Diggs was referring to Vikings coach Mike Zimmer or general manager Rick Spielman, both of who were in place when the wide receiver inked his five-year, $72 extension in July 2018.

The Vikings went on to draft Diggs' replacement, rookie phenom wideout Justin Jefferson, with the 22nd overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Jefferson was a Rookie of the Year candidate through mid-December, but the Vikings, overall, have struggled to find consistency in a rollercoaster season.

It's not clear Diggs would make a difference on a team that has been beset with uncharacteristic defensive woes, but it's hard to imagine a more formidable receiving corps than the trio of Adam Theilen, Jefferson, and Diggs.

In any event, Allen and the Bills have fully embraced Diggs, who seems to have embraced the role of No. 1 receiver in Buffalo in a way that always seemed to evade him in Minnesota.

The sixth-year pro has reached the 100-catch plateau for the second time in three years after his receptions dipped to 63 in 2019. However, he did go for an eye-popping 18 yards per-catch last season.

Diggs' big extension came the offseason after his unforgettable game-winning 61-yard touchdown catch-and-run as time expired against the New Orleans Saints in the 2018 NFC Divisional round.

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