Former Vikings News: Stefon Diggs, Teddy Bridgewater, Leslie Frazier

Some of the latest former Minnesota Vikings news headlines involve a pair of teammates from the franchise’s 2015 squad that won the NFC North title.

Even though they’re no longer with the team, there is still plenty of former Minnesota Vikings news happening around the NFL each week.

Most recently, some of the former Vikings in the headlines are quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, wide receiver Stefon Diggs, and former Minnesota head coach Leslie Frazier.

Let’s get right into why these three former members of the Vikings have been in the news lately.

Former Minnesota quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has followed through with his plan to retire after his 2023 NFL season came to a close as a member of the Detroit Lions.

When it was originally revealed that the 2023 campaign was going to be Bridgwater’s last in the league, he also mentioned that he was going to pursue a career as a high-school football coach.

Well, on Friday, the former Vikings signal-caller was officially named the new head coach of the football program at Miami Northwestern Senior High School in Miami, Florida.

Bridgewater is very familiar with Miami Northwestern since he is an actual graduate of the school. So not only does he immediately get to start his new career as a high-school football coach, but he gets to do it at his alma mater.

After stepping down as the Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator last year, former Minnesota head coach Leslie Frazier will be back on the NFL sidelines for the 2024 season.

On Friday, the Seattle Seahawks announced that Frazier has been added to the team’s 2024 staff as an assistant head coach.

Former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald was recently named the Seahawks’ new head coach, and now, he’ll have Frazier to help him adjust to his new role. 

The two previously worked together in 2016 as members of the Ravens’ defensive staff, and clearly, a bond was formed between them during that time. 

After the Buffalo Bills fell short of their championship goal again this season, it didn’t take long for the speculation to begin about Stefon Diggs’ future with the franchise.

Diggs has been a member of the Bills since they acquired him in a trade with the Vikings in 2020, but it seems like his tenure in Buffalo could be coming to an end sooner rather than later.

In a recent interview with NFL Network’s Cameron Wolfe, the former Minnesota wide receiver was asked if he believes he will still be with the Bills next season, and instead of just offering a simple answer of yes, he said the following.

He could have said something like, “Yes, I’m expecting to be back in Buffalo next season,” or “Of course, I’ll be back with the Bills to chase a championship,” but he didn’t.

Now, some might think this is reading too much into what he said and making something out of nothing, but this is what Diggs does. He answered questions like this on his way out of Minnesota, and it seems like he’s in the middle of preparing for a possible departure from Buffalo as early as this year.

The way Diggs’ contract is currently set up, it would be incredibly hard for the Bills to work out a trade with another team during the next few months, as they would be left with more than $30 million in dead cap if a deal is completed before June 1st.

So if the wide receiver truly wants out of Buffalo this offseason, then renegotiating his contract might be something that has to agree to.

 

 

 

 

Gideon Canice

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