Stefon Diggs stokes up Cowboys rumors with cryptic behavior after Bills playoff loss

Jan 21, 2024; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) reacts
Jan 21, 2024; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) reacts / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys roster is littered with All-Pros, but the Divisional Round of the playoffs proved they need to upgrade certain areas in the offseason. Linebacker should top the list of priorities, but fans likely wouldn't discard the idea of improving the wide receiver room.

The offseason is only a week old for the Cowboys, but the Stefon Diggs discourse is already a pertinent talking point after the Buffalo Bills lost a heartbreaker to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.

A borderline All-Pro throughout his Bills tenure, Diggs turned in another no-show against the Chiefs to cap a disappointing season. He caught three passes for 21 yards despite finishing second on the team with eight targets.

One of those targets was a 64-yard deep shot from with eight minutes left in the game as Buffalo trailed 27-24. Josh Allen couldn't have walked the ball to Diggs any better and the three-time Pro Bowler let it go through his hands.

Ever emotional and reactionary following playoff losses, Diggs oddly kept a low profile on Sunday. So much so that he declined to speak with the media postgame, which has opened the door for speculation on his future in Orchard Park.

Stefon Diggs stokes Cowboys trade rumors after Bills playoff loss

Cue the Diggs-Cowboys trade rumors. They might not crop up right away, but you can bet they'll arrive at some point this offseason.

How could they not? Earlier this season, Trevon Diggs set social media ablaze with a tweet that suggested his brother needs to leave Buffalo. Diggs later took a shot at Bills quarterback Josh Allen, saying that Allen didn't start "going off" until his brother's arrival in 2020. Diggs has openly recruited his sibling to Dallas for years.

Diggs has been a rockstar in Buffalo, but 2023 marked his worst season to date. His last 100-yard game was in mid-October against the Giants and he didn't cross double-digit targets in the final six games. Over the Bills last 10 games, Diggs had fewer receiving yards than Khalik Shakir despite registering 43 more targets.

It wouldn't be crazy if Buffalo overhauled its WR room this offseason. It clearly needs improvement, but is trading Diggs even a possibility?

According to Over The Cap, the Bills would absorb $31 million in dead cap if they cut or trade Diggs before June 1. They'd save some $20 million in 2024 if they designate him as a post June 1 cut (or trade him post June 1), but they'd incur more than $20 million in dead money on the 2025 cap.

It's a tricky situation, but one that might be out of Buffalo's hands if Diggs requests a trade. That seems more likely after this playoff loss relative to losses of years past.

Unlike previous seasons, the Bills offense looked its best with Josh Allen running. Targeting Diggs did more harm than good and Shakir and even rookie tight end Dalton Kincaid, who led the team in receiving vs the Chiefs, have seemingly leapfrogged Diggs in the trust pecking order.

Due to the financial gymnastics, the most likely outcome is that Diggs stays in Buffalo. However, we'd be remiss if it we didn't acknowledge the possibility of him requesting a trade. If it comes to that, Trevon and Cowboys fans will be leading the charge to get him to Dallas.

That's a guarantee.

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