Tom Brady is not the only player sending strange social media smoke signals.
On Tuesday, star wideout Stefon Diggs removed all Viking content from his Instagram page, just three days after he wrote: "Things are getting interesting …" on twitter, Less than a month before the start of the NFL Free Agency, the cleanup immediately sparked rumors that the angry Minnesota player might move on.
Social media overhauls are not uncommon for players who are preparing to disconnect from teams. Players like Demarco Murray and Jalen Ramsey similarly scrubbed their profiles before leaving the Cowboys and Jaguars, respectively.
The move is just one of many opaque messages the 27-year-old recipient sent this off-season.
The former Maryland Terrapin signed a five-year, $ 72 million contract in 2018 that included a $ 15 million signing bonus and a $ 40 million guarantee, according to Spotrac. He has a $ 14.5 million cap hit in 2020, but a $ 9 million dead cap hit after $ 21 million in 2019.
Trading remains an option as teams begin making roster decisions in front of the free agency, which begins at 4:00 p.m. on March 18. EUROPEAN SUMMER TIME. Some speculated that the recipient would be a welcome addition to many teams, including patriots who are in dire need of adding weapons if they want to keep 42-year-old Tom Brady in New England.
Still Tom Pelissero from NFL Network named the odds that Minnesota Diggs is moving "Quite a long" given his cheap contract. Interested teams would need at least $ 11.5 million in cap space to cover their base salary, as well as tolerance for a "diva" behavior. The Vikings fined Digg more than $ 200,000 in October for missing practices and meetings, as he was obviously disappointed with the organization.
"I can't sit here and pretend everything is fine," he said.
Despite Diggs' frustration with his role on the offensive, he hit the 1,000-yard mark for the second year in a row, scoring 63 catches and six touchdowns. The Vikings were eliminated in the division round against the 49ers.