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Peter King: Why you shouldn't expect Stefon Diggs-to-Patriots trade

Peter King: Why you shouldn't expect Stefon Diggs-to-Patriots trade

NBC Sports NFL Insider Peter King laid out earlier this week why the New England Patriots would be wise to target Stefon Diggs ahead of the NFL trade deadline.

But that assumes the Minnesota Vikings are open to trading Diggs. And after doing a little, well, digging, King found that assumption may not be true.

"I did some reporting on the Vikings on Sunday night after they beat the Giants, and I was told it is highly unlikely that he will be traded," King said Thursday on WEEI's "Dale & Keefe" radio show. "They don’t think he wants to be traded."

Diggs fueled trade speculation last week by skipping multiple meetings and practices. But King told "Dale & Keefe" the wide receiver's actions weren't necessarily a trade demand, à la Jalen Ramsey in Jacksonville.

"He’s a really emotional guy, and I don’t know what it was to set him off last week, but I don’t think it was a demand to be traded," King said.

" ...  I was told pretty solidly that as of right now he doesn’t want to be traded and the Vikings have no intention of trading him."

The NFL trade deadline is just over two weeks away, and if the 3-2 Vikings win at least one of their next two games, it's hard to see them dealing their star wideout before Oct. 29.

As Patriots fans can attest, the trade deadline can be full of surprises, and Minnesota could change its tune. But right now, the Patriots likely will need to look elsewhere for wide receiver help.

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How Patriots could land Stefon Diggs at trade deadline, per Peter King

How Patriots could land Stefon Diggs at trade deadline, per Peter King

The New England Patriots already tried and failed to incorporate a star wide receiver in Antonio Brown.

Will they take another swing before the Oct. 29 trade deadline?

NBC Sports NFL insider Peter King suggested the Patriots should by pursuing Minnesota Vikings wideout Stefon Diggs, who has been the subject of serious trade speculation after he skipped multiple meetings and practices last week.

"I think Stefon Diggs to the Patriots at the trading deadline makes sense, especially if the season goes south for Minnesota," King wrote Monday in his "Football Morning in America" column.

King then named a price: New England's second- and fourth-round picks in 2020 for Diggs, who is coming off a 102-catch, 1,021-yard season for Minnesota.

The 25-year-old also is on a decent contract for an elite wide receiver -- he's owed $45.1 million over the final four years of his deal -- and considering the Patriots' lack of depth at the position, King believes they should at least give Minnesota a call.

"Would you want Diggs, now 25, for the next 3.5 years at $37.2 million?" King wrote. "I sure would, if what I had to give up was, say, the 60th and 125th picks to get him."

Diggs obviously would boost a Patriots receiving corps that's pretty thin outside Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon and Phillip Dorsett.  Our own Tom E. Curran reported last week that Minnesota has no plans to trade their star wideout, though, and the Vikings improved to 3-2 on Sunday with a win over the New York Giants.  

But if they falter over the next few weeks, perhaps Bill Belichick will convince them to change their minds.

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NFL rumors: Stefon Diggs appears to draw battle lines with Vikings as it sounds like he wants out

NFL rumors: Stefon Diggs appears to draw battle lines with Vikings as it sounds like he wants out

While the Vikings have no intention of trading Stefon Diggs, the wide receiver talked around the topic of his dissatisfaction so thoroughly on Thursday, he left no doubt as to his present state of mind: he wants out. 

Asked about the rumor he wants to be traded, “I feel there’s truth to all rumors no matter how you dress it up. I won’t be saying nothing on it. I won’t be speaking on it at all. But there is truth to all rumors, I guess.”

So, to play the semantic game Diggs obviously wants to engage in, there is truth to the notion he wants out.

“The space that we’re in right now is definitely is a lot of questions,” Diggs said. “I can’t sit up here and act like everything is OK because obviously it’s not but I can say at this point I’m just trying to work through it.”

Maybe it’s a temporary thing if Diggs is “trying to work through it.”

Is the Vikings' stance of not moving the 25-year-old also changeable?

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media added a caveat to my reporting this morning, saying, “The team is adamant he is not available for a trade, barring some massive deal.”

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