NFL insider Peter King from NBC Sports has hinted at the potential for Buffalo Bills’ standout wide receiver, Stefon Diggs, to stir up controversy for the second consecutive offseason.
In his recent “Football Morning in America” column, King suggested that Bills’ General Manager, Brandon Beane, might be contemplating significant alterations to Diggs’ contract. King also foresees the possibility of Diggs not being pleased with such prospective changes.
Pointing out that Diggs is 30 years old and set for a $27.9 million cap number next year, King emphasized the perceived excessiveness of the figure, especially considering Diggs’ performance, which lacked a 100-yard receiving day in the Bills’ last 13 games.
Diggs drew attention for openly expressing frustrations during a playoff loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in January 2023. Reports circulated that he sought a more substantial role in the team’s offensive game-planning the preceding offseason.
ESPN statistics reveal Diggs’ impressive regular season, ranking seventh in the NFL with 107 receptions, tied for sixth with 160 targets, and 13th with 1,183 receiving yards. Despite eight touchdown catches, he failed to score after Week 12.
Having signed a four-year contract extension in April 2022 potentially valued at up to $96 million, recent reports by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk underscored that Diggs’ 2024 base salary of $18.5 million will become fully guaranteed on March 17.
Addressing reporters post the Bills’ divisional-round playoff loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Beane reiterated his belief in Diggs as a top-tier wide receiver for a championship-caliber team, despite a costly fourth-quarter drop in that game.
History suggests that if Diggs is discontent with Beane’s contractual requests, he won’t hesitate to express it before the March 17 deadline. Nonetheless, it’s crucial to recognize that both Diggs and the Bills may have mutual interests in collaborating for at least one more season as they aim to return to the AFC Championship Game, a feat not achieved since January 2021.
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