Stefon Diggs shuts down chatter over him wearing Cardinals shirt
Stefon Diggs has all but completely shut down speculation that he continues to cryptically express his dissatisfaction with the Minnesota Vikings by providing a plausible explanation for why he was spotted wearing a shirt for another NFL team.
Eyebrows were again raised by Diggs’ offseason antics this week when the Vikings wide receiver shared footage of himself on social media wearing an Arizona Cardinals shirt.
#Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (who has created trade drama in the past) posted a video of himself working out… in a #Cardinals shirt. pic.twitter.com/Hdeiw6PUlC— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) March 11, 2020
It was perhaps understandably speculated that Diggs was again putting public pressure on Minnesota to trade him. After all, it was just under a month ago that the enigmatic wide receiver removed all mentions of the Vikings from his social media accounts.
The perception that the workout footage was yet another dire warning to the Vikings from Diggs was dispelled by the wideout himself in a comment on Instagram.
It turns out, so Diggs claims, that he didn’t have any other workout clothes on hand, so he donned the shirt the Cardinals gave to his brother, NFL cornerback prospect Trevon.
The reasoning to why #Vikings WR Stefon Diggs was wearing a #Cardinals shirt during his workout.— Move The Chains (@FirstDownMarker) March 11, 2020
Zero speculation now. pic.twitter.com/4GSx5tZqij
Diggs’ cryptic musings on Twitter of course have been the source of much conjecture in recent weeks, as evidenced by the two following dispatches that actually don’t convey anything of much substance at all.
People don’t appreciate things until they’re gone…— DIGGS (@stefondiggs) February 9, 2020
Business is business…— DIGGS (@stefondiggs) February 10, 2020
Coming off an outstanding season in which he had 63 receptions for 1,130 yards and six touchdowns, the Vikings have quickly shut down any notion that the team was inclined to trade their superstar. Both general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer made that stance abundantly clear in recent weeks.
What’s more, the Vikings really have no incentive to trade Diggs — barring him making the situation untenable — as he is signed to a team-friendly five-year, $72 million contract signed in July 2018.
What it all boils down to is that the Vikings presumably believe all of Diggs’ antics are simply the case of him playing the role of diva wide receiver. In other words, it’s just Diggs being Diggs.