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Proposed Blockbuster Deal Brings Cowboys $96M Superstar

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The Dallas Cowboys need to add playmakers this offseason, and Buffalo Bills star wide receiver Stefon Diggs is sure to generate a lot of interest from NFL teams if the franchise were to make him available for trade talks. Former Cowboys scout Bryan Broaddus came up with an interesting trade idea, with the Cowboys trading the #26 pick for the Bills for Diggs.

“Are you giving up number 26 altogether for a chance of getting such an experienced receiver? [Diggs]?” Broaddus reflected during a Jan. 25 edition of the Love of the Star podcast. “The Cowboys have proven in the past that they are willing to give up a prime asset to get a wide receiver. Is the Diggs thing so much where you think wow having CeeDee having Diggs [is worth it]?

To be clear, there’s no sign the Bills are attempting to trade Diggs, but additional scrutiny was conducted after the wideout went viral for star quarterback Josh Allen on the sidelines during the playoff the team’s loss to the Bengals. It appears that unless there is legitimate friction between the duo, Buffalo would look to get more help from Allen rather than sell their top receiver.

Buffalo is in something of a salary cap as the team is expected to be nearly $16 million over heading into the offseason, according to Spotrac. If the Bills start buying Diggs, the team would likely expect more than just a first-round pick since the playmaker is among the top NFL receivers.

From a Cowboys perspective, this would probably be a no-brainer since Diggs is a legitimate WR1 himself. Rather than the discussion being about finding a second or third receiver, the Cowboys would have two legitimate top options with Diggs alongside CeeDee Lamb. Dallas could appeal for the receiving position in the draft, but rookies can hardly count on immediate help, as the team found in Jalen Tolbert this season.

Diggs had five straight seasons for 1,000+ yards, including 108 receptions for 1,429 yards and 11 touchdowns in 16 starts during the 2022 regular season. It was one of the best statistical years of Diggs’ career, and he would likely have a lot of appeal on that Have the Cowboys front office if the Playmaker became available.

The three-time Pro Bowler also has a more team-friendly deal than the one Amari Cooper had with Dallas and also has higher production than the former Cowboys receiver. Diggs has a 2023 base salary of $7.9 million, but that number gets much higher as the recipient’s four-year contract extension of $96 million begins in 2024. The star is set to earn at least $18 million each season from 2024 to 2026 and his contract expires in 2027 when the wideout turns 34.

There’s also the obvious link between the receiver and Cowboys corner Trevon Diggs. Last offseason, the Dallas star admitted he would love to see his brother in a Cowboys uniform.

“I’ve always wanted to play on the same team as my brother,” Trevon Diggs said in a series of March 26, 2022 Tweets. “14 to Dallas would be 🔥.”

After Diggs signed an extension with the Bills last offseason, the star receiver noted that a collaboration with his brother in Big D was “out of reach now.” Cowboys fans are hoping there might be a slim chance of that blockbuster trade, but Buffalo will likely do whatever it takes to fix any friction (if any).

“I was like, yeah, that’s out of reach now,” Bills superstar Alex Prewitt told Sports Illustrated during a July 7, 2022 interview. “Maybe in the next lifetime or something. I want to be done with the Bills and I’m pretty sure he’s not going anywhere any time soon.”

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