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Bills GM: We traded Diggs before contract became an 'albatross'

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Bills general manager Brandon Beane said Buffalo traded star wideout Stefon Diggs because it didn't want his contract to be a distraction this season.

The Bills traded Diggs, a 2024 sixth-round pick, and a 2025 fifth-rounder to the Houston Texans in April for a 2025 second-round pick. Diggs' departure carried a non-quarterback-record $31 million in dead money.

"From a cap standpoint, we decided just to go ahead and eat it now, and we think we can compete and do what we need to do by eating it now," Beane said on "The Athletic Football Show." "Because if we didn't … it's just like that albatross, just hanging on your neck all year."

Diggs was Josh Allen's leading receiver in each of his four seasons with the team. He totaled 445 receptions for 5,372 yards and four Pro Bowl invites.

The Bills also lost wideout Gabe Davis this offseason. Their 2024 receiving room currently features the likes of Keon Coleman, Curtis Samuel, Khalil Shakir, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Chase Claypool.

"I would say our receiver room right now is like Baskins-Robbins," Beane said. "We got a lot of flavour.

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