Stefon Diggs trade shows Texans, Bills headed in opposite directions


Ben Arthur

AFC South Reporter

The Texans have been assembling a star-studded cast this offseason, using the financial flexibility afforded by C.J. Stroud’s rookie contract to close the gap with the AFC’s elite. 

On the flip side, the Bills continue to recalibrate, looking like a team taking a step back in the upcoming season in hopes of reestablishing its place as a top contender in 2025 and beyond. 

Those are the big takeaways from Wednesday’s blockbuster trade that rocked the NFL, with star wide receiver Stefon Diggs going from Buffalo to Houston. The Bills are receiving a 2025 second-round pick in the deal, while the Texans get Diggs and two draft selections: a 2024 sixth-rounder (No. 189 overall) and a 2025 fifth-round pick.

Diggs, 30, is just the latest big addition made by general manager Nick Caserio this offseason. Houston added star pass-rusher Danielle Hunter (two years, $49 million), standout defensive lineman Denico Autry (two years, $20 million) and linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair (three-years, $34 million) in free agency. The Texans also traded for former Bengals Pro Bowl running back Joe Mixon and signed him to a three-year, $27 million extension. 

With Diggs in the fold, the Texans on paper have arguably the most offensive firepower in the NFL. Their No. 2 receiver is now Nico Collins, who’s coming off a career season: 80 catches for 1,297 yards (eighth in the NFL) and eight touchdowns. Their WR3 becomes Tank Dell, who was arguably the league’s best rookie receiver not named Puka Nacua before suffering a season-ending leg injury in Week 13. Dell, Houston’s 2023 third-round pick, had been on pace for more than 1,000 yards receiving. 

Standout tight end Dalton Schultz, who agreed to a multi-year extension this offseason, is a productive pass-catcher as well. He had 59 receptions for 635 yards and five touchdowns in 2023. With Mixon in the backfield and Stroud as the heart of it all, this is a Texans…

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