Just In: Lions Set to Sign Buffalo Bills All-Pro WR in Blockbuster Trade

With their early offseason moves, the Detroit Lions have put themselves in position to compete for the Super Bowl in 2024. However, this does not rule out the possibility of adding another top player. Pro Football Network’s Nick Faria suggested that the standout could be Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs.

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Faria listed the Lions as one of five probable landing locations for Diggs.

“A competitive team that requires a wideout to complement a reliable quarterback and a promising outside receiver? “You can certainly count on the Detroit Lions to be interested in bringing in a player like Diggs,” Faria wrote.

“Jared Goff is coming off an outstanding season, leading Detroit to the conference championship for the first time in decades. The Lions should do everything possible to maximize their championship window, even if it means rearranging cap money and draft picks.

Diggs had 107 receptions for 1,183 yards and eight touchdowns in 2023. It was his fourth straight season with over 100 catches and 1,100 yards.

That level of output added to the Lions attack, which finished second in the NFL in passing yards in 2023, is a frightening prospect for the remainder of the league.

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Diggs has appeared dissatisfied in Buffalo in recent years, as the team has fallen short of expectations.

Diggs recently generated controversy with a cryptic tweet, which some speculated could portend a departure from Buffalo.

“Ready for whatever,” Diggs posted on X (previously Twitter).

However, ESPN’s Dan Graziano does not believe the tweet indicates that Diggs’ career in Buffalo is coming to an end.

“Calling around about this to people close to the situation, most of what I got back was, ‘This is Stefon Diggs, he does this a lot and ultimately they’ve been able to patch it up every time with Buffalo,'” Graziano said in an interview with Bleacher Report. “As of now my expectation is that he’s on this year’s Bills.”

According to Spotrac, Diggs is under contract until the 2027 season and will have a $27.85 million cap hit in 2024. If the Bills deal Diggs this offseason, they will face a large dead cap hit.

How Diggs Would Fit With the Lions

At this point, Diggs is unlikely to be traded. However, if he becomes available before the draft, the Lions remain an intriguing possible destination.

Detroit’s passing offense is lethal even without Diggs, but veteran wide receiver Josh Reynolds is a free agency. Last season, he was the team’s second-leading wideout with 40 receptions, 608 receiving yards, and 5 touchdowns.

Trading for Diggs would more than replace Reynolds. It is feasible that the Lions will have the best 1-2 wide receiver combination in the NFL.

Last season, the Lions’ top receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown set career highs with 119 receptions, 1,515 receiving yards, and 10 touchdowns. On his path to those numbers, he primarily split his snaps between the slot and outside receiver positions.

Diggs, primarily an outside receiver, might be an ideal complement to St. Brown.

Not to add that they both have the potential to make 100 catches and gain over 1,000 receiving yards.

The Lions have higher expectations for Jameson Williams, who will be 23 years old in 2024. But if Diggs is acquired, Williams may stay in his comfortable WR3 spot. Williams started flourishing at that position late last season.

In addition to the Lions, Faria mentioned the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Commanders, New York Giants, and Arizona Cardinals as probable destinations for Diggs.

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