Minnesota Vikings: Breaking down Stefon Diggs situation from both sides

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With Stefon Diggs appearing to be upset with the Minnesota Vikings, let’s take a look into the entire situation and what could possibly come next for both sides.

What in the world is going on with the Minnesota Vikings and wide receiver Stefon Diggs? That is a question that has begun to spread across the NFL the last few weeks and especially following Minnesota’s loss to the Chicago Bears last Sunday in Week 4 of the regular season.

After falling to the Bears in Chicago, the Vikings dropped to 2-2 overall on the season going into the fifth week of the regular season and now appear to have some off-the-field issues with one of their wide receivers to deal with for at least the near future.

Diggs was noticeably upset with how things were going within Minnesota’s offense led by quarterback Kirk Cousins on Sunday in Chicago, and that frustration boiled over when Diggs stormed out of the Vikings locker room with his pads on after the defeat while avoiding talking to the media.

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Throughout the week in preparation for the Vikings’ contest against the Giants this weekend, Diggs skipped practice on Wednesday and also missed meetings throughout the week, resulting in the team fining the wideout, according to NFL Network. 

On Thursday, Diggs returned to practice for Minnesota and faced the media for the first time since his cryptic tweets and public frustration first arose, fielding questions about whether or not rumors of him wanting out of Minnesota were true or not, per CBS Sports:

"“I won’t be speaking on that… I feel like there’s truth to all rumors, regardless on what it is — good or bad. I can’t say what’s real and what’s not.”"

Later in the week, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer didn’t say whether or not Diggs would play in New York in Week 5 on Sunday, adding that the team “will see” if the wideout will suit up in the contest.

After signing a five-year, $72 million extension with the Vikings last offseason, it’s apparent that Diggs is clearly not happy in Minnesota for whatever reason. And that frustration is coming to its peak at the quarter-mark of the 2019 campaign.

This season, Diggs has gotten off to a rocky start in his fifth year in the NFL and with the Vikings. Coming off of a career-best year in 2018 while finishing the campaign with a total of 1,021 receiving yards and nine receiving touchdowns, both of which were career-highs, the 25-year old out of Maryland has taken somewhat of a step back so far in 2019.

Through four games coming into a Week 5 matchup against the Giants, Diggs has tallied just 209 yards on a total of 13 catches and one receiving touchdown for Minnesota.

He is, however, coming off of his best performance of the season in the Week 4 loss to Chicago, finishing that game with a season-high 108 receiving yards on a total of seven catches. Which makes this whole situation a bit more puzzling.

Moving forward, the Vikings look to be adamant on insisting they are not going to trade the young wide receiver and want him in Minnesota now and in the future.

There would undoubtedly be a market out there for Diggs and teams that would be calling the Vikings if that mindset ever changes, but it looks like Minnesota is focused on trying to work things out behind the scenes as it tries to get back above .500 on the year in Week 5 against the Giants.

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The occurrence of victories obviously tends to cure all things in the locker room and behind the scenes, but if the struggles and losses keep adding to the Vikings in the coming weeks, we could see this Diggs vs. Vikings situation come to a breaking point sooner rather than later.