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Stefon Diggs of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 15, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Stefon Diggs had an opportunity to put the rumors to rest. He did the complete opposite.

If the rumors that the Vikings receiver is unhappy and wants to be traded out of Minnesota were a fire, he just dumped gasoline on it. Asked on Thursday if there’s any truth to the rumors that he wants to be traded, Diggs said, “There’s truth to all rumors. I won’t be speaking on that.”

Well, he said all he needed to say with the first part. He could have easily shot all the rumors down but he went the more honest route. The question now is just how much truth there is to the rumors that Diggs wants out. Top NFL insider Ian Rapoport distilled what he’s hearing about Diggs into the receiver’s frustration being “very real” on the NFL Network.

“I feel like there’s truth to all rumors regardless whether it is good or bad,” Diggs said, via Chad Graff of The Athletic. “There’s always some truth to it. I’ve heard a lot of things circulating. I can’t say what’s real and what’s not.”

Stefon Diggs of the Minnesota Vikings looks on before the game against the Oakland Raiders at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Stefon Diggs of the Minnesota Vikings looks on before the game against the Oakland Raiders at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

What’s probably not real, to be perfectly fair, is that Diggs is anywhere close to becoming a Patriot. But it’s certainly fun to think about. Unfortunately, Bill Belichick would have to perform some serious financial gymnastics. The Pats have already sunk $5.75 million of dead cap money into having Antonio Brown for one game (via Spotrac) and might be on the hook for all $10 million of Brown’s guarantees.

But for a Patriots team that is dealing with injuries at receiver and has few holes left to plug on the roster, Diggs would certainly represent a major, major add. And he’s already said enough to tacitly confirm he’d rather play elsewhere.

Could the Patriots be the team that pulls it off? It doesn’t appear likely. But Diggs is still a player worth talking about, because he’d be a significant addition no matter where he ended up and it could be an AFC rival.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.