Here's why the Giants were wise to avoid trading for Stefon Diggs

While Diggs is a great player, there are some major red flags the Giants luckily steered clear from
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For months, conspicuous tension had been building between the Buffalo Bills and their now former star wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Despite being one of the league's best wideouts, Diggs showed continual frustration at his lack of targets. Reports even shared that his relationship with quarterback Josh Allen had become fractured. With this, New York Giants fans quietly built excitement about the prospect of Diggs suiting up for the G-Men and reuniting with Brian Daboll.

With apparent issues in Buffalo, it makes much more sense why Diggs and the team parted ways recently. With Diggs headed to Houston for just a second-round pick in 2025, many fans raised eyebrows about the compensation, or lack thereof, that Buffalo is receiving. After all, Diggs is a huge asset and will help the Texans and C.J. Stroud tremendously. Why couldn't the Giants submit an offer to get Diggs to East Rutherford?

Outside some of the more minor character issues surrounding Diggs, the biggest red flag lies in his contract. While the Bills are taking a cap hit of more than $30 million for next season, the Texans are still giving him more than $22 million guaranteed for 2024, on top of only having him in town for one season. This is essentially a one-year deal in Houston for Diggs, who is now 30. That's a lot of dough for a WR coming off a down season and who is no longer in his 20s.

The Giants didn't have the money to get a Stefon Diggs trade done

From the outside looking in, the drama and tension inside the Bills' building must've been much more than we initially thought. With Diggs struggling at the end of last season, the writing was on the wall this spring for him to find a new home. Now, pairing up with a young Texans squad that surprised the world by winning a playoff game last year, Diggs can act as the alpha receiver for Stroud.

For the Giants, submitting a trade offer for Diggs would have made little sense. As we look forward to this month's draft, the Giants will be in a much better position to draft a young receiver who better fits the timeline for the G-Men.

With a long way to go before the Giants are actual competitors, Joe Schoen would be wise to continue developing in-house talent. Should the Giants stay put at No. 6 overall in the NFL Draft, they'll be able to likely land either Rome Odunze or Malik Nabers, while Marvin Harrison Jr. could somehow be available too.

With any of those three guys arriving in New Jersey on a rookie contract, it would make way more sense to have them making plays for the Giants over a past-his-prime Diggs. Between his cap hit, countless cryptic tweets and his rising age, Diggs' best is behind him. Thankfully, Schoen agrees with that thought.