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Texans trade for Pro Bowl receiver Stefon Diggs

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NASHVILLE – The AFC South champion Houston Texans are trading for four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Stefon Diggs, a blockbuster NFL transaction and the Texans' latest warning shot to the Tennessee Titans and their division rivals.

Houston is sending a 2025 second-round pick to Buffalo in exchange for Diggs, a 2024 sixth-round pick and a 2025 fifth-round pick.

The Texans offense, led by NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year quarterback CJ Stroud, has now added Diggs and former Cincinnati running back Joe Mixon this offseason to complement existing forces Nico Collins, Tank Dell and Dalton Schultz.

Since free agency began on March 13, the Texans and Titans have seemingly been exchanging volleys of player acquisitions. Houston wants to defend its division title. Tennessee is rebuilding a challenger for this title.

The Diggs trade creates even more anticipation for the 2024 regular season and home and away games between the Titans and Texans. It's easy to get excited at the thought of Houston's receivers going up against the Titans' rebuilt secondary featuring free-agent pickups L'Jarius Sneed and Chidobe Awuzie.

The Texans also signed:

  • Danielle Hunter, former Minnesota Vikings defensive end, four-time Pro Bowler with 87.5 sacks in 90 games. The expectation is that Hunter can bolster a defense that has set a franchise record in sacks and already features Will Anderson.
  • Denico Autry and Azeez Al-Shaair, arguably the Titans' best defenders in 2023. Autry led the team in quarterback sacks, Al-Shaair led in tackles.

Carthon acknowledged Tuesday that it would be difficult to replace Autry and Al-Shair.

“Denico and Azeez were two important members of our team,” said Carthon. “Azeez was an official captain and Denico was an unofficial captain, as you know. So these guys played a big role for us and it's going to suck to see them go and have to play them twice a year. But we feel like we're going to find ways to get better and replace these people.

According to overthecap.com, the Titans have $24,714,744 in effective cap space remaining after signing Sneed, Ridley and the rest of their free agent class. The Titans are now focused on the April 25-27 NFL Draft, where they are expected to take a left tackle with their No. 7 overall pick, but Carthon didn't rule out the possibility that the team could draft later this offseason takes further steps.

“From a free agency perspective, free agency is open, it’s not over yet,” Carthon said. “So we’ll keep looking. And then of course we got the design, which is our main focus now.”

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