Stefon Diggs has done a 180 after an ugly schism with the Vikings.
In spite of months of cryptic tweets, protests, fines and highly-publicized discontent, Diggs says that multiple Vikings players including quarterback Kirk Cousins reached out shortly after his trade to the Bills last month to wish him well.
“Kirk was one of the first guys to text me,” the 26-year-old wide receiver wrote on Friday in The Players’ Tribune. “He was super appreciative of the time we spent together over the last couple of years, and he was just as encouraging, wishing me the best of luck in Buffalo.”
Diggs even lauded Cousins and said he would miss playing alongside him.
“What do I even say about Kirk? This is a man who has invited me into his home. Introduced me to his family. Put in the extra hours with us,” he wrote. “He’s a guy who, through all the ups and downs over the last couple of years, I’ve developed a tremendous amount of appreciation and respect for. I’m definitely going to miss playing with and learning from him.”
Cousins’ proverbial olive branch is somewhat surprising in light of Diggs’ protracted and acrimonious breakup with Vikings. The 2015 fifth-rounder had been dissatisfied with his role in the offense throughout the 2019 season, which seemed to be pointed at Cousins and the quarterback’s inconsistent play.
The wideout missed practices and was subsequently fined in October in hopes of being moved ahead of the NFL trade deadline.
“It’s not one thing,” he told the media amid trade rumors. “It’s not one specific thing that would make me more satisfied. I feel like at this point, I’ve been here for a while. I’ve been here for a couple years, so just kind of getting through it and going through the motions and acting like I’ve been in this space for a minute.”
Vikings receiver Adam Thielen and tight end Kyle Rudolph both reached out to Diggs after the trade as well.
The Bills received Diggs and a seventh-round pick and sent the Vikings a first-round, fifth-round and sixth-round pick in this year’s draft, as well as a fourth-round pick in the 2021 draft.
Diggs signed a five-year, $72 million contract extension back in July 2018 and is under contract through 2023 according to Spotrac.