Quandre Diggs will be trading in one shade of blue for another as NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday that the Detroit Lions are sending the 26-year-old cornerback and a 2021 seventh-round pick to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for a 2020 fifth-rounder.
Fellow Lions cornerback Darius Slay did not take the news well (warning: NSFW language):
Diggs was drafted in the sixth round by Detroit in 2015 and has started in 40 games while appearing in 65 for the Lions since then.
Diggs has dealt with a hamstring injury this season suffered during Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs. He only missed one game, Week 6 against the Green Bay Packers, as the Lions had a Week 5 bye. Detroit lost both games Diggs missed.
His permanent absence from the Lions will be a big loss in their secondary but also the locker room, as Diggs was one of seven team-voted captains this season. Defensive tackle Damon Harrison Sr. and cornerback Jamal Agnew also reacted to the news with shock:
ESPN's Michael Rothstein pointed out that the Lions have been sellers and sent away "a popular locker room player" in consecutive years at the NFL trade deadline (which is Oct. 29 this year). Last year, Detroit traded wide receiver Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Seahawks, meanwhile, will welcome Diggs with open arms. Seattle's secondary is banged up with starting strong safety Bradley McDougald (back) and backup strong safety Lano Hill (elbow) both out.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times provided additional context:
The 5-2 Seahawks play the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.