FIRST Take host Stephen A. Smith has stunned NFL fans with his scoop about Buffalo Bills star receiver Stefon Diggs.
Speaking on Monday’s episode of the popular ESPN sports talk show, the 55-year-old claimed that sources say Diggs wants out.
Smith said that after three seasons in Buffalo, Diggs, 29, “wants to get out of the Bills.”
He added, “Stefon Diggs needs to be there, but he’d rather be gone because he’s lost a certain level of confidence in the Buffalo Bills.”
This startling claim comes just four weeks before Buffalo’s season opener against the New York Jets on September 11th.
But according to Smith, fans shouldn’t count on Diggs trying to force a switch.
Although Diggs reportedly isn’t “going to force his way out,” Smith explained that “he feels like there’s an opportunity that they may have missed,” adding, “Josh Allen needs to show them that’s not true.” .” .”
And fans were stunned by this bold twist.
One such viewer took to X, formerly known as Twitter, and commented, “Why would Diggs want out?”
“He’s got a top 3 NFL QB that’s going nowhere, a top 5 defense and is proven to be close to a Super Bowl appearance AND he’s their #1 playmaker!?!?”
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Another added: “I understand Diggs is frustrated. However, there is no better situation for Diggs in the NFL than Buffalo to be producing at his elite level and having a shot at winning a championship.”
While one said: “You absolutely hate to see it.”
However, it’s worth noting that since Smith’s appearance on First Take, Diggs himself has also gone to X to appear to comment on the matter.
“100% not true. I don’t know who the source is but I thought I’d nip this crap in the bud,” he tweeted.
This was followed by: “Rocking wit my buddies… Bill’s mafia through and through!!!”
All of this follows Smith’s rant about why he thinks the Bills are in a difficult position.
He cited Patrick Mahomes and his Kansas City Chiefs and Joe Burrows Cincinnati Bengals as reasons for Allen and Co.’s concerns and believed the Bills may have fallen behind those AFC rivals recently.
And the results arguably bear that out, as the Bills have lost to the Chiefs twice and the Bengals once in the last three postseasons and have been eliminated.
But while the Bills still have some catching up to do, as it stands, it looks like Diggs will be there whether he likes it or not.
He signed a new four-year deal with Buffalo worth $96 million during the final season break, meaning he will theoretically not move to free agency until after the 2027 season.
Other than that, loud SpotracThere is a possibility in his contract that it will expire in 2025.
Given those contractual limitations and the fact that Diggs has led the Bills in receptions for the past three seasons, Buffalo will certainly be hoping they’re able to repair any broken bridges (if indeed there are any) between them and the former Repair Minnesota Viking.