Buffalo Bills News: Stefon Diggs skipping OTAs is not a big deal

Buffalo Bills, Stefon Diggs (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
Buffalo Bills, Stefon Diggs (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) /

Tuesday, the Buffalo Bills began their voluntary workouts portion of the offseason. While OTAs aren’t mandatory, head coach Sean McDermott did tell the media that around 90 percent of the team was present for the beginning of the program.

One player who was noticeably absent, though, was star wide receiver Stefon Diggs. As one of the biggest names on this roster and a leader, and captain, some fans and media members seemed to make it a big deal that Diggs was absent.

During his time with the media, Tuesday, starting quarterback Josh Allen was asked about his relationship with Diggs and if everything was “good” between the two of them.

Allen laughed off any insinuation that things would be sour between he and Diggs, and also didn’t seem to think it was a big issue for him to be absent.

Let’s stop any nonsense about Stefon Diggs being absent from OTAs being a big deal for the Buffalo Bills

Look, it might be the low-hanging fruit to question Diggs’ intentions in skipping voluntary workouts because of how the season ended.

For those who may not remember (and how could you not, by the way?) Diggs was seen yelling on the sidelines toward the end of the playoff game against Cincinnati. He was visibly frustrated toward his quarterback, Allen, and justifiably so. Diggs had not gotten the ball as much as he’d have liked down the stretch of the season.

Any great wide receiver is going to want the ball as much as possible, and Diggs fits that mold. Allen even called Diggs the “best wide receiver in the league” during his media time on Tuesday, further proving the fact that he should be getting the football more.

But, Diggs has a history of not necessarily showing up to every single voluntary aspect of the offseason. This isn’t the first time, so let’s cool it on overreacting.

Additionally, for anyone wondering whether this could be a “trade Stefon Diggs” situation, pipe down. His contract restructure last year makes a trade virtually impossible. Should the Bills trade Diggs this year, the dead cap number comes in at $45 million.

In other words, it’s time to come back to earth. Diggs is a Bill, and he and his quarterback will be just fine. Competitors have many ways of expressing their desire to win, and when things don’t end in an ideal fashion, of course tempers will flare.

But in the end, Allen and Diggs are perfectly fine. Diggs isn’t going anywhere, and the Bills are going to compete for a Super Bowl this coming season. Let’s shift the deserved attention to the 2023 NFL Draft and whom the team will place next to Allen and Diggs to make that Super Bowl championship a reality.

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