NFC North Notes: Vikings, Diggs, Bears

Stefon Diggs and the Vikings are at odds, and while Minnesota reportedly doesn’t have any plans to trade the star wideout, Diggs added a bit of fuel to the fire today when speaking to reporters, including Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press“I feel like there’s truth to all rumors no matter how dress you it up,” Diggs said. “I won’t be saying nothing on it. I won’t be speaking on it at all. But there is truth to all rumors, I guess.” Diggs want to play against the Giants on Sunday, but head coach Mike Zimmer said “we’ll have to see” when asked about Diggs’ availability for Week 5, as Chad Graff of The Athletic tweets.

Meanwhile, Minnesota is still hoping the situation “blows over” in due time, reports Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Per Fowler, this is not the first time Diggs has been upset with the Vikings’ “team dynamics,” although it’s not clear — at least publicly — what exactly Diggs is frustrated by at the moment.

Here’s more from the NFC North:

  • Bears linebacker Roquan Smith said earlier today that he’ll play against the Raiders in Week 6, and Smith has indeed traveled to London with his team, according to Adam Jahns of the Chicago Tribune and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter links). Smith has been dealing with an unspecified personal issue and reportedly hadn’t been “acting like himself ,” per Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com. It’s unclear exactly what is or was going on with Smith, but the Bears have been tight-lipped about the situation. Nevertheless, the 2018 first-round pick appears ready to suit up against Oakland on the other side of the pond.
  • While Smith figures to be available on Sunday, wide receiver Taylor Gabriel and backup offensive lineman Ted Larsen are both dealing with injuries and did not make the trip to London, the Bears announced. Gabriel 75 yards and three touchdowns for Chicago in Week 3, but missed last Sunday’s game with a concussion. Larsen filled in for Kyle Long at right guard last week, but Long is expected to start in Week 5 after recovering from a hip injury.
  • In case you missed it, the Packers claimed ex-Ravens edge rusher Tim Williams off waivers.
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15 comments on “NFC North Notes: Vikings, Diggs, Bears

  1. bradthebluefish
    bradthebluefish

    Diggs simply isn’t digging the offense. There is simply no passing game. I’d be frustrated too. To be so talented and yet so underutilized.

  2. mcase7187

    If diggs doesn’t play this weekend then they mine as well trade because it’s just going to make thing worse

    A trade that I would do Is a first and N’keal Harry for him

    And yes I know you all will dog me on this but it’s just my thought

      • justinept

        The Lions got a 3rd for a couple weeks of Golden Tate. If a team can fit Diggs contract into their books, I have to imagine he’d go for more than that. Two 1sts from a team that doesnt have a need at the position? Probably not. But at least a 2 from a team in need. Maybe the Jets?

  3. Interesting tactic playing out: 1.) Skilled Disgruntled player demands a trade. 2.) Team sets high value for trade which feeds disgruntled player’s ego. 3.) Other teams don’t bite. 4.) Disgruntled player becomes more toxic. 5.) Team settles for anything in return to get him out of locker room. 6.) Disgruntled player poisons another locker room.

    Ramsey is at step 3, Diggs essentially at 1

  4. Wade Herbers

    They overpay him and now he think’s he’s Jerry Rice. Football is a team sport Diggs. Yes our Qb and O-Line suck. But your not Randy Moss , get over yourself and do your part in the 11 man offense. Why is it the WR’s are usually such prima donnas?? Over rated position for sure. Tom Brady doesn’t need high priced Wr’s.

    • Crycket

      I haven’t heard anything toxic from him. I also haven’t seen him claim to be the greatest WR. Where are you getting your made up BS?

  5. metsie1

    Kirk Cousins….the gift that keeps on giving…to all the teams in the NFC North. Insert weird Viking horn sound here…Skol!

  6. Crycket

    I haven’t heard anything toxic from him. I also haven’t seen him claim to be the greatest WR. Where are you getting your made up BS?

    • Gus Leggett

      Maybe a 3rd and a WR. Vikings don’t have the depth to trade Diggs, so he basically is not going anywhere unless another WR is coming back.

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