Stefon Diggs Pays Teammate Hefty Amount to Wear New Texans Jersey Number, per Report

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs walks off the field after a game.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs walks off the field after a game. / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Stefon Diggs is getting a fresh start in Houston after the Buffalo Bills traded the star receiver to the Texans on Wednesday.

He'll have a new number, too.

When the Texans officially announced the move Thursday, they posted a picture of Diggs wearing a No. 1 Houston jersey. Diggs wore No. 14 over his five years with the Minnesota Vikings and four seasons with the Bills.

KPRC Houston's Aaron Wilson reported Thursday, citing a league source, that Diggs paid teammate Jimmie Ward roughly $100,000 to obtain the No. 1 jersey number from him. Ward will switch from No. 1 to No. 20, which he wore in three of his nine seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.

Diggs joins a talented receiving corps in Houston, featuring promising youngsters in Nico Collins and Tank Dell. The Texans are looking to build off a 10–7 campaign in 2023, which included a playoff win over the Cleveland Browns in the wild-card round.


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