Season-ending playoff defeats are always crushing, but Buffalo Bills Pro Bowl wide receiver Stefon Diggs is taking his team’s 27-10 home loss against the third-seeded Cincinnati Bengals especially hard. According to The Athletic, Diggs sprinted out of the locker room with all of his things before some of Buffalo’s coaching staff even made it down to the tunnel that leads to the locker room. Veteran running back Duke Johnson, who is on the Bills’ practice squad, escorted his teammate back to the locker room before he once again darted out and left Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York, for good on Sunday.
The 29-year-old, who has served as a Bills team captain for both of the 2021 and 2022 seasons after being acquired in a trade from the Minnesota Vikings in 2020, also lit into Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen late in the game on the sideline. Diggs caught four passes for 35 yards on a game-high 10 targets, but only two of them occurred in the fourth quarter with the Bills entered trailing 24-10.
Diggs has played like arguably the best wide receiver in team history since coming over from Minnesota. He co-leads the entire league in catches (338) with Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams, ranks second in targets (484), fourth in receiving yards (4,189) and sixth in receiving touchdowns (29) since becoming a Bill in 2020. Each of Diggs’ first three seasons in Buffalo rank as the top three seasons in team history in terms of catches in a year. His 2020 season (1,535 receiving yards) and 2022 season (1,429 receiving yards) are the two-highest single-season receiving yard totals in Bills history. Diggs’ 11 receiving touchdowns this season tied the team’s single-season receiving touchdowns record with Bill Brooks’ 11 from the 1995 season.
Diggs signed a four-year, $96 million extension with the team on April 6, tying him to Western New York’s team through his age-34 season in 2027. The deal got done at that time with 2023 set to be his last year under contract. How the Bills decide to manage this outburst could potentially reshape their entire offense, as a series of cryptic tweets from Diggs precluded the Vikings deciding to trade him despite his production just a few years back.