Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer recently set the record straight on what team officials had been saying all offseason regarding Stefon Diggs’ being traded to the Buffalo Bills.
Zimmer went on The Rich Eisen Show and when asked about Diggs’ departure, he said the following:
“Diggs did not have to go. We really didn’t have any intention of trading him. Quite honestly, he put out a couple tweets, and there’s some things going on there.”
“Those other things” included a series of cryptic tweets from Diggs and team issues: missing practice last October and voicing his grievances with the offense. But Zimmer attested it was mostly Diggs’ drive and not his ego:
“Stefon works extremely hard, he practices like crazy he wants the ball like all receivers do… Really, if you said somebody was a pain in the butt you probably wouldn’t say him. I’ve been around way worse guys than him and I hope he has a great career and finishes up strong.”
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport backed up Zimmer’s claim, calling Diggs a model teammate:
“When he was no-showing at practice and causing us to scurry around and figure out what in the world was going on in Minnesota, yeah I would say that day he was a distraction,” Rapoport said. “He ended up getting fined for that. But the reality is those in the building… they were huge in getting Stefon Diggs focused, and really from what I can tell, he was pretty much a model teammate the rest of the year. They didn’t have any concerns about him going forward.”
The former Vikings star wide receiver and conductor of the Minneapolis Miracle led Minnesota last season in receptions (63), receiving yards (1,130), plays of 20 or more yards (20) and tied for first on the team with six TDs.