Should Cleveland Browns get in on Stefon Diggs trade talk?
Wide receiver Stefon Diggs is apparently wanting a new home, should the Cleveland Browns add him to an already stacked wide receiving corps?
After four weeks of NFL action, there are starting to be some rumors floating around that some players want to be traded away from their current team. First, it was Jalen Ramsey who wants the Jacksonville Jaguars to deal him elsewhere and now wide receiver Stefon Diggs is at odds with the Minnesota Vikings.
For the Vikings wideout, his frustration comes from the fact that their offense has been a complete mess this season. Quarterback Kirk Cousins is struggling with accuracy and Diggs has just 13 receptions on 19 targets thus far.
Diggs’ displeasure with the offense has seemed to reach a boiling point and that has led to the rumors that he’s requested to be traded. When asked about whether or not those rumors are true, the fifth-year pro had an ominous statement that’s left fans worried one of their best players could be gone.
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"“There’s truth to all rumors. I won’t be speaking on that.” — Diggs said via Chad Graff of The Athletic"
In the past, it’s been worth exploring whether or not the Cleveland Browns should get in on the sweepstakes for just about any star. In fact, they’ve even made some huge moves since John Dorsey took over as general manager.
Last year, they added safety Damarious Randall and receiver Jarvis Landry. This past offseason, it was Odell Beckham, Jr. and Olivier Vernon, the wideout and edge rusher who both came over from the New York Giants.
Understanding how willing Dorsey is to make moves could lead to asking about his interest in Diggs. At first, it seems like a crazy idea given the presence of OBJ and Landry, but the Browns have found themselves needing another target with tight end David Njoku heading to IR and Rashard Higgins struggling to stay healthy.
And while Diggs did sign a five-year, $72 million deal in 2018, the Browns do currently have the cap space for him. Sitting with roughly $33 million of room, they could squeeze the $12.5 million hit (according to OverTheCap.com) and still have plenty of room — that’s how it goes when you have a starting quarterback on their rookie deal.
The problem, however, arises as Diggs’ contract increases slightly over the next few seasons and Cleveland has to start paying others such as Joe Schobert and Myles Garrett.
Still, the idea of Baker Mayfield throwing to Diggs, OBJ, and Landry would be a lot of fun. And if they fully committed to an Air Raid offense, it could work as far as ball distribution goes.
Having said that, this is nothing more than a hypothetical. The only way Diggs is added would be if the Browns were to move on from someone such as Landry and that’s clearly not happening.
For now, they’ll just hope Antonio Callaway can return to the form we saw in 2018 now that he’ll be back from his four-game suspension.
As a rookie, Callaway had 586 yards and five touchdowns and could find more opportunities in 2019 with the attention Beckham and Landry will be drawing.