The NY Jets have been no strangers to the wide receiver market in recent years. Even though the position appears set for the time being with Garrett Wilson, Elijah Moore, and Corey Davis, it wasn't long ago that the Jets were in the market for any and every big-name wide receiver.
From Tyreek Hill to Deebo Samuel, the Jets were among the most frequently mentioned teams when any star wideout became available. That was the case in 2020 as well when Stefon Diggs found himself on the move.
While the Jets weren't exactly the subject of many Diggs rumors, it appears as though the team was definitely sniffing around. And according to Diggs himself, a trade almost happened.
Diggs recently joined Buffalo Bills teammate Von Miller on The Voncast where the two discussed his arrival in Buffalo and how it all went down. The All-Pro wide receiver insisted that he was hesitant about joining the Bills at first and suggested that his decision ultimately came down to Buffalo or the Jets.
"The first time [the Bills] tried to trade for me was during the season and I told my agent 'not right now.' I was like 'I don't know about Buffalo. It don't sound right.' Then after the season, I was like it's either I go there, or it was like the Jets or somewhere like that. And I was like 'I'm going to go to Buffalo.'"- Stefon Diggs
The NY Jets seemingly almost traded for Stefon Diggs back in 2020
Now, it's important to take this with a grain of salt, especially seeing as though Diggs didn't even seem confident that the Jets were, indeed, one of the two finalists. That said, it does add up.
The Jets in 2020 were still being led by Adam Gase and Sam Darnold. Their leading receiver the previous season was Jamison Crowder whose 883 yards were hardly inspiring. The only other player to top 500 receiving yards was Robbie Anderson.
This Jets team was desperate for wide receiver help. Their attempts to address the position in the offseason weren't exactly successful, however. The team signed the speedy Breshad Perriman and used a second-round pick on Denzel Mims.
Needless to say, neither Perriman nor Mims lived up to expectations in New York. It does make sense, however, that general manager Joe Douglas would have been in the market for a Pro Bowl-caliber wide receiver, especially to help with Darnold's development.
Ultimately, Diggs went to Buffalo where he took his game to another level as he helped with the development of another quarterback from that same draft class, Josh Allen.
The past is the past and there's no point in harping on it. At this point, it's safe to say the Jets are very happy with their trio of wide receivers.
Still, it's interesting to wonder what might have been in this alternate reality.