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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The Bills’ offseason of change reached a new level on Wednesday, as All-Pro wide receiver Stefon Diggs was traded to the Houston Texans.

Reportedly, the Bills will receive Minnesota’s 2025 second-round draft pick in the trade. The Bills also send a 2024 sixth-round pick and a 2025 fifth-round pick to the Texans. ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report the trade, which has been confirmed by Buffalo Kickoff Live’s Josh Reed.

Stefon Diggs arrived in Buffalo in 2020 via a blockbuster trade with the Minnesota Vikings. He immediately helped elevate Josh Allen and the Bills’ offense, catching 127 passes for 1,535 yards and 8 touchdowns in 2020. Those first two numbers led the NFL and set the franchise’s single-season records.

Diggs caught at least 100 passes for 1,100 yards in each of his four seasons in Buffalo, but his production dropped off last season.

After recording 100-yard games in five of the first six games last year, Diggs failed to reach the mark the rest of the season. He had 35 or fewer yards in six games, including just 21 yards in the team’s playoff loss to the Chiefs.

While the trade will clear up their salary cap situation in 2025, it won’t help them this year. In fact, the Bills will lose about $3 million in cap space this season as the team suffers a $31 million dead cap hit.

While it was speculated that the Bills would draft a receiver in the first round of this year’s draft, this makes WR a glaring hole that the Bills can not ignore. A trade for one of the top three receivers, Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr., LSU’s Malik Nabers, or Washington’s Rome Odunze, now seems on the table if any of the wideouts start to fall in the draft.

The trade also ends an exhausting saga in Orchard Park. While Diggs always reaffirmed his commitment to the Bills, there were numerous signs that the star wideout was displeased in Orchard Park.

In the Bills’ 2023 playoff loss to the Bengals, Diggs was visibly frustrated with Josh Allen on the sidelines. Diggs missed the first day of mandatory minicamp last season. Sean McDermott initially said he was “very concerned” about his absence, but later said that it was an excused absence. Diggs has also posted too many cryptic tweets to count, including one last night where he questioned a fan who said that he was not essential to Josh Allen’s success.

The Bills team will look drastically different than the one that took the field last season. Other members who have moved on from the Bills include safety Jordan Poyer, cornerback Tre’Davious White, and Mitch Morse. You can keep track through the Bills’ Free Agency Tracker.

While the Bills aren’t “rebuilding” and the team always has a chance to win with Allen at QB, next year will certainly be a transition year for the team as they look to position themselves for long-term success.

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The Bills’ offseason of change reached a new level on Wednesday, as All-Pro wide receiver Stefon Diggs was traded to the Houston Texans.

Reportedly, the Bills will receive Minnesota’s 2025 second-round draft pick in the trade. The Bills also send a 2024 sixth-round pick and a 2025 fifth-round pick to the Texans. ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report the trade, which has been confirmed by Buffalo Kickoff Live’s Josh Reed.

Stefon Diggs arrived in Buffalo in 2020 via a blockbuster trade with the Minnesota Vikings. He immediately helped elevate Josh Allen and the Bills’ offense, catching 127 passes for 1,535 yards and 8 touchdowns in 2020. Those first two numbers led the NFL and set the franchise’s single-season records.

Diggs caught at least 100 passes for 1,100 yards in each of his four seasons in Buffalo, but his production dropped off last season.

After recording 100-yard games in five of the first six games last year, Diggs failed to reach the mark the rest of the season. He had 35 or fewer yards in six games, including just 21 yards in the team’s playoff loss to the Chiefs.

While the trade will clear up their salary cap situation in 2025, it won’t help them this year. In fact, the Bills will lose about $3 million in cap space this season as the team suffers a $31 million dead cap hit.

While it was speculated that the Bills would draft a receiver in the first round of this year’s draft, this makes WR a glaring hole that the Bills can not ignore. A trade for one of the top three receivers, Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr., LSU’s Malik Nabers, or Washington’s Rome Odunze, now seems on the table if any of the wideouts start to fall in the draft.

The trade also ends an exhausting saga in Orchard Park. While Diggs always reaffirmed his commitment to the Bills, there were numerous signs that the star wideout was displeased in Orchard Park.

In the Bills’ 2023 playoff loss to the Bengals, Diggs was visibly frustrated with Josh Allen on the sidelines. Diggs missed the first day of mandatory minicamp last season. Sean McDermott initially said he was “very concerned” about his absence, but later said that it was an excused absence. Diggs has also posted too many cryptic tweets to count, including one last night where he questioned a fan who said that he was not essential to Josh Allen’s success.

The Bills team will look drastically different than the one that took the field last season. Other members who have moved on from the Bills include safety Jordan Poyer, cornerback Tre’Davious White, and Mitch Morse. You can keep track through the Bills’ Free Agency Tracker.

While the Bills aren’t “rebuilding” and the team always has a chance to win with Allen at QB, next year will certainly be a transition year for the team as they look to position themselves for long-term success. Read More Buffalo BillsRochesterFirst  

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