Another wide receiver has come and gone from the New England Patriots' radar.
The Buffalo Bills reportedly acquired Stefon Diggs from the Vikings in a blockbuster trade Monday, sending four draft picks (including a 2020 first-rounder) to Minnesota for the talented wide receiver.
Apparently that price was too rich for New England's blood.
The Patriots discussed a potential Diggs trade with the Vikings before they dealt him to Buffalo, Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer reported Tuesday, adding the Washington Redskins had interest in Diggs, as well.
The Patriots were another team that talked to the Vikings about Stefon Diggs on Monday. The Redskins had interest, too, but their draft pick situation (they weren't going to trade the second overall pick, and have no second-rounder) made it tough.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 17, 2020
So Buffalo it is.
Breer also reported Monday night the Patriots were involved in trade talks for DeAndre Hopkins before the Houston Texans dealt the All-Pro receiver to the Arizona Cardinals.
It's clear New England needs receiving help after finishing the 2019 season with no reliable pass-catchers outside Julian Edelman. Head coach Bill Belichick reportedly is targeting some elite options, too, but seemingly wasn't willing to pay a premium for Diggs or Hopkins, as NFL Media's Mike Giardi suggested Tuesday.
So the #Patriots checked in on Stefon Diggs and DeAndre Hopkins but were unable or unwilling to surrender the necessary capital. The search for weapons continues.— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) March 17, 2020
As our Phil Perry reported Tuesday morning, the Cleveland Browns are unlikely to trade top wideout Odell Beckham Jr. So, if the Patriots still want to upgrade at receiver, their best bets might be (what's left of) the free-agent pool or the 2020 NFL Draft, where they have 12 selections.
As for Diggs -- who put up 1,130 receiving yards on 63 catches last season but reportedly didn't get along with Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins -- he'll be out to show New England what it missed when the Bills play their AFC East rivals in 2020.