Jump to content

Diggs traded to Texans for picks

Recommended Posts

3 minutes ago, Beck Water said:


I thought the Kyle Brandt take was interesting for a similar reason.  He said it's hard to imagine that Diggs relationship with Josh Allen or his relationship with the Bills "or both" had nothing to do with this, because both were "mercurial at best".  Kyle has been a Josh Allen fan-boy for a couple of years, and we can probably assume he has a bit of "tea" in the pot "off the record" there.

I agree with Nate that Josh's input was probably sought (not his vote as Geary implies, but his input), and that if Josh had said "He's My Guy" and went to the mat, it probably doesn't go down, at least not for a bag of peanuts and a case of that underwear Stef and his brother shill for.


I think Diggs wanted out for a while. Given that there is no reason for Josh to push for Diggs to stay. That is true whether they have a positive or negative personal relationship. Once Diggs wanted out, it was just about finding a trade the team felt benefitted them more than hanging onto Diggs.

  • Agree 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

20 minutes ago, Pine Barrens Mafia said:

IDK about that


I think Stroud will likely be more successful than Allen long term.



It's going to be interesting for CJ.  He missed a couple games so his durability needs to be watched.  And everyone's assuming no sophomore jinx and 1 year of film for defensive coordinators to work with won't lead to figuring out his tendencies and possible weakneses.  But the set up for success looks to be in place


Link to comment
Share on other sites

18 minutes ago, ColoradoBills said:


That's the cost IF you want to use it this year.  Maybe Beane holds on to it.


The point is that it's a season gone by.  


Same as if I offered you a free meal somewhere next year.  It doesn't help you out now/this year.  


Beane keeps kicking the can down the road on certain things, but one thing he's never done is devoted even one offseaon, much less more, much less a string of them, into building around the one thing/player upon which our destiny hinges.  



  • Thank you (+1) 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Followed by a horrible take 


2 minutes ago, All_Pro_Bills said:

It's going to be interesting for CJ.  He missed a couple games so his durability needs to be watched.  And everyone's assuming no sophomore jinx and 1 year of film for defensive coordinators to work with won't lead to figuring out his tendencies and possible weakneses.  But the set up for success looks to be in place


Guys a baller. You can tell he has the confidence and the swagger to be a champion. 

Guys like Tua and Bryce Young don’t have this 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The more and more I've thought about this the more it makes sense. 


1: Diggs is 31 and prob only has a couple years left as #1. This draft is loaded and if you can get one of the top 3-4 WRs, you've effectively replaced him with a new #1 for the next 10 yrs. Trading him now, at least they got value to make the move to get one of those guys.


2: The trade clears his contract from the team going forward and gives them breathing room next year to move on from Miller if he doesn't produce this year.


3: dead cap is $31M. Diggs hit was $27M. So that's a $4M difference. Add on the rookie #1 WR cap hit, prob $2-4M and now that #1 cap hit is around $35M this year instead of $27M. They essentially are paying a slight premium to move on.


4: A rookie gives them, hopefully, a star WR on a rookie contract for the next 4 years or so, again, allowing money to be spent elsewhere. 

  • Like (+1) 3
  • Agree 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, UKBillFan said:

Just caught yesterday’s tweet. It is absolutely right that Diggs has never criticised the Bills or the Mafia. But he really seemed to have it in for Josh, and it gets to a point where you can’t have WR1 working against the QB in public to that extent.

What did he tweet?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

34 minutes ago, Mikie2times said:

100%- I will add, the dynamics with people can be extremely complicated. I think Steph and his personality made it harder for Josh to really take the leadership role by the horns. Allen came in the league and Steph was older, more experienced, more of a presence. The dynamic was fine for Steph at first, he was the alpha, the man. But I think as Allen grew into stardom Steph sort of wanted to maintain that pecking order. Josh isn't loud, he's excessively polite. He's just not the type to drop his Johnson on the ground and take charge. What part of that he did have in him, I think Stephs presence likely made him less likely to express it. But people like Josh can be that way in the right environment. It starts off by not being heavily challenged which was more likely to occur with Steph around. Over time confidence grows and you learn to express yourself as a vocal leader. Now all of our former captains gone this is Allens team. Nobody is left to challenge him. It's such a great opportunity for him to become more than a leader with how he plays. This just feels right to me in so many ways. Excited for the first time all offseason believe it or not. 

I'll play devil's advocate on the bolded. Why is that necessarily a great thing? Are you saying Josh's decision-making is infallible? We know that's not exactly true.


Who are the new leaders that Josh will look to for feedback on team-wide culture stuff? 


Don't discount the importance of a strong leadership team

Link to comment
Share on other sites

12 minutes ago, GaryPinC said:

Me also, I was convinced Diggs had to have an injury at first because the dynamic between him and Josh changed so abruptly. 


As games went on and things languished it seemed otherwise.  He definitely seemed nonchalant and not invested in the playoffs.  It all makes sense now and he's better gone.  It ran its course.  I wish him well and good luck Texans.  Diggs jumped to the up and coming team again.  Except he may be nearing the end of his usefulness. 


May he have two tipped ball INT’s and a fumble against the Bills in the AFCCG next year!  

  • Agree 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

23 minutes ago, BBFL said:

Dalton Shultz (who signed a 1 year deal before the 2023 draft) and Noah Brown were the only offensive signings so far this off season. Both resigns. 

Last year he was still an unknown at #2 when they drafted Juice Scruggs and Tank Dell. 

Aside those 4 players, only 2 of whom were added around Stroud, Joe Mixon is the only other addition. 

Their attention is on defense. They had the tackles in place and brought in Shaq Mason to fill one of the other guard spots. All three of those guys are on decent contracts. 

They gave Shultz a decent contract and resigned a guy who they like in Brown. 

To me, again, they’re building a team on both sides of the field. Defense needs more work than the offense hence the acquisitions so far this off season. 

Probably said this a couple of times in this thread but what bums me out the most in this trade is you sent a savvy vet to an easily top 8 AFC team. They needed help in working the underneath stuff for Stroud. 

Diggs, Shultz and a running back combo of Mixon/Pearce should fix that. 



The point is that Stroud already has more talent at WR around him than Allen's ever had.  


Tank Dell had as good a rookie season as Samuel's ever had, slightly better.  Nico Collins is likely to be among the league's best next season.  Throw in Diggs, and when at 31 Robert Woods is your 4/5, you're lookin' pretty good.  


Stroud was incredibly impressive this past season.  It's early, and it's Ryan's second season as a HC, but it shouldn't be unrealistic to consider that Houston dominates that division for the foreseeable future.  And if all that Ryan does with that troop is see early exits from the playoffs for four or five seasons, I don't expect that he'll be kept on.  



  • Agree 1
  • Thank you (+1) 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 minutes ago, Seventeen said:

Trading Diggs just solidifies Beane taking WR in the 1st round and possibly moving up to do so - unless he's playing 4-D chess with a trade coming to replace Diggs.

I don’t think there is any money to trade for anyone else

Link to comment
Share on other sites

After listening to Beane, production was definitely a key factor in the decision.


He said “The years Steph and Josh were clicking they were as good as anyone out there” which tells you that he felt there were also years where that DIDN’T happen.

Edited by Governor
Link to comment
Share on other sites

16 minutes ago, london_bills said:

So much criticism of the bills, the guy was toxic 


Insofar as that criticism goes, Beane knew the risks as such when he traded for Diggs to begin with.  So this notion that this scenario has (more or less) now played out twice, if anything should add criticism to our originally having traded for him.  Again, not my criticism, but for those taking that angle.  


My thing is that we had to pay for Diggs because Beane and his staff, A, never even tried to draft a WR on days 1 or 2 in 6 drafts now, and B, with their later picks haven't been able to do much for WR otherwise, besides Shakir, who's good but hardly great.  


We'll see, there are a lot of roster & cap issues right now.  The one thing that's indisputable is that it's now fully McBeane's mess for them to clean up and deal with.  


At this point, and until we see our Draft in just over three weeks, I wouldn't bet that we win the division.  I hope we do, think that we likely will, but I wouldn't put any money on it.  



  • Like (+1) 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

This topic is OLD. A NEW topic should be started unless there is a very specific reason to revive this one.

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...