Seahawks trade Quandre Diggs to the Cowboys
I want to start this page off by saying Diggs has been one of John Schneider’s best trade acquisitions. This is especially true when you look at the minimal value it took to get him to Seattle.
Diggs is an incredibly versatile defensive back. He can play free safety, strong safety, slot corner, or outside cornerback and do so effectively and efficiently. In Seattle, we used him almost predominantly as a single high free safety.
His ability to read the play, cover ground and make the play has been crucial for Seattle’s success. So you may ask why trade him? The answer is clear. This would be a calculated move to cash in on a player coming off a career year.
Diggs is soon to be 29 years old. He is on the books for just $5.5 million. All of which is tradeable. He is coming off the best year of his career which ended with a Pro Bowl nod. Plus, Seattle already has two replacements on the roster between Marquise Blair and Ugo Amadi.
There was so much talk before with the Seahawks potentially trading a defensive back to the Cowboys. It just wasn’t Quandre Diggs being talked about. Dallas never addressed the issue that consistently connected Earl Thomas to the Cowboys. So here we are.
For the Cowboys, this makes tons of sense. They never addressed this position in the draft. The free agency pool is a crap-shoot this year. The trade allows the Cowboys to acquire a Pro-Bowl player to help shore up what was a shaky defense. All it will cost them is a third-round pick.
Did you know that Quandre Diggs is actually from Texas? He went to college in Texas. He still owns a home in Texas. This would more or less be a homecoming for the defensive back. Dallas would absorb his relatively inexpensive contract of $5.5 million.
Digg’s contract makes this trade all the more valuable. In an off-season with the majority of the NFL in some sort of hellish landscape regarding the salary cap, an inexpensive and productive vet like Diggs is worth a lot more than an expensive vet, regardless of his talent.
In return, Seattle would gain $5.5 million in cap space. They would also gain an early third-round pick this year. The trade would be a win-win for both sides. Now the question is, what would Seattle do with their newest assets?