Stefon Diggs Acquisition: Texans Solidify Status as Championship Contenders


Since the majority of the coverage of the Stefon Diggs deal has focused on Josh Allen and the Bills’ future, the other topic is what this means for C.J. Stroud and the Texans.

Even with J.J. Watt and Andre Johnson in their prime, this must be the most thrilled Texans fan has ever been over the offseason.

After lighting up the league with a rookie phenom at quarterback, Houston sent a strong message to the rest of the NFL by bringing in a talent like Diggs. The Texans are clearly focused on winning right now.

Diggs, 30, who just had his sixth consecutive season with more than 1,000 receiving yards in 2023, now joins Nico Collins, who recently set a career high of 1,297 yards, and Tank Dell to form a highly formidable attack in Houston. 

Stroud’s job will be made easy with so many weapons around him.

Texans Secure Stefon Diggs Deal, Dodge 2024 Draft Picks

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 04: Stefon Diggs #14 of the Buffalo Bills and AFC looks on during the 2024 NFL Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium on February 04, 2024 in Orlando, Florida.

And, while bringing in Diggs would be worth any potential risk for a championship-caliber organization, the Texans were able to complete the transaction without giving up any 2024 draft money.

Houston merely had to transfer a 2025 second-round pick, acquired from the Minnesota Vikings, to Buffalo in exchange for Diggs. 

To sweeten the transaction and provide further future security, the Texans also acquired two late-round picks – a 2024 sixth-round and a 2025 fifth-round.

But Houston isn’t worried about the future; they’re focused on winning big right now. 

This is significant for a franchise that has yet to reach an AFC Championship game since its NFL debut in 2002. 

All evidence leads to Diggs providing precisely what they expect. Diggs had 107 receptions for 1,183 yards and eight touchdowns last season.

Texans Bolster Roster with Diggs, Mixon, and Hunter

Trading for Diggs is a game-changing move in and of itself, but it is far from the only reason to consider Houston as a legitimate contender in 2024. 

The Texans have acquired several studs, including Diggs.

Along with the four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, Houston has signed running back Joe Mixon plus defensive end Danielle Hunter this offseason.

One major move can pique interest, but numerous can totally alter the ethos of a franchise. Houston should be well-positioned to not only repeat as AFC South champs, but also capture the conference crown. 

Remember, these changes come after Houston finished 10-7 and won the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year.  

Assuming Stroud builds on his rookie season success (he passed for 4,108 yards and 23 touchdowns with only five interceptions), the Texans now have a legitimate championship window for the foreseeable future.

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