During the 2020 season, not a single week went by where we here at UFFda! Sports were roped into writing about former Minnesota Vikings receiver and current Buffalo Bill Stefon Diggs. Despite the disproportionate amount of engagement those articles produced, there was nothing more that I personally wanted to do more than move on from writing about/dealing with the Bills and it’s “Mafia”.
As I said in response to some of those stories, as members of the media we don’t always have a choice over what we cover. Instead, we cover what is out there when it pertains to our subject matter. Case in point, this article from Brandin Croce of FanSided’s Bills network.
I’m 36 years old despite my baby face/credit/genitals. I remember a time in the early-to-mid aughts in which Minnesota felt like a minor league team for the East Coast (mainly Boston). With Kevin Garnett playing for the Celtics, Randy Moss the Patriots, and Big Papi the Red Sox, many of us were incredibly frustrated at the state of Minnesota sports at the time.
While little has changed in the frustration department, the last thing the Vikings need is to feed another mid-20’s superstar to the East Coast. When you add to that the fact that it’s the Bills? That can’t happen. It’d help the Bills build upon their 2020 and could create a championship level team for years to come, something that we’ve already assisted with via trade with the Dallas Cowboys in the early-90’s with the Herschel Walker trade.
Beyond that, Hunter is the type of talent you only trade away if you have no other option. Considering the fact that superstars like Russell Wilson and DeShaun Watson have zero interest in coming to Minnesota, it might be hard to replace Hunter via free agency if free agents don’t want to come here.
The Vikings and Hunter may very well may reach that point, as all the variables are there. The Vikings are strapped for cash, Hunter is unhappy with his compensation but also is coming off of a major injury.
What does Croce say the Bills would give for Hunter?
“If the Buffalo Bills are able to send a trade package that includes their first round pick this year, with a few later round picks, it would address their pass rush not only this year, but moving forward and continue to build the foundation for sustained success.”
The Bills did send the Vikings a deal they couldn’t refuse last off-season for Diggs after learning from their pre-2019 season denied offer, so they could justify doing the same for Hunter as they’d most likely spend their first on an edge anyway. On top of that, the Diggs trade clearly worked out for them (which helps).
The issue is that their first-round pick is in the high 20’s thanks to how that trade worked out, which makes it pretty much the same as a high second rounder. Hunter is worth a lot more than that in a league that increasingly values his services, and especially to a team helmed by Mike Zimmer.
If the Vikings do end up trading Hunter my only request would be that they don’t send him to Buffalo. Call it selfish, but it’s kind of hard to get the smell of chicken parts, Axe body spray and Camaro exhaust out of our websites.
You know I only kid because I love BillsMafia. Which reminds me! Great nickname! Cause neither the Bills or Mafia have been relevant since the early ‘90’s.