Bills trade Stefon Diggs out of AFC East to Texans

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Stefon Diggs (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

The New York Jets do not have to worry as much about one of the best wide receivers in football, Stefon Diggs — or maybe Diggs does not have to worry as much about the Jets.

Wednesday saw the Buffalo Bills trade their star pass-catcher to the Houston Texans for draft-pick compensation, as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Diggs is a four-time Pro Bowler who had spent the past four seasons in Buffalo where he was a fixture of an organization that gradually took over supremacy of the AFC East after the fall of the New England Patriots. 

The 30-year-old 1,343 yards and nine touchdowns per season during his stay in Orchard Park, creating a remarkable void for quarterback Josh Allen, who is now left with an underwhelming group of wide receivers headlined by the likes of Curtis Samuel and Mack Hollins.  

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Sauce Gardner (AP Photo/Matt Patterson, File)

Buffalo’s decision to disband its dynamic duo potentially makes the Jets’ matchup with their division rivals all the more advantageous. New York has continued adding to its already stellar defense, most notably adding edge rusher Haason Reddick from the Philadelphia Eagles and a pair of defensive linemen in Javon Kinlaw and Leki Fotu. They already had one of the best secondaries in all of football as a foundation of the unit.

Gang Green, the Bills, and the Miami Dolphins are expected to be in a tightly contested race for the AFC East crown next season, though the decision to trade Diggs might have just tipped the scales a bit more in the Jets’ favor depending on how they address the position either at the draft or during the remainder of the offseason.

Diggs’ arrival in Houston, though, makes a young Texans team appear all the more legitimate. CJ Stroud starred in his rookie season as the centerpiece of an offense that also includes two young receivers, Nico Collins and Tank Dell. 

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