The trend of training-camp contract extensions continued for the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday as they agreed to a five-year deal with Stefon Diggs.
Diggs, 24, caught 64 of his 95 targets last season for 849 yards and eight touchdowns. He propelled the Vikings to the NFC Championship game with his "Minnesota Miracle" catch to beat the New Orleans Saints.
"You know, for me, I’m going to give you the political right answer," Diggs said on Sunday when asked about his contract. "For me, I want to be here, I love it here, I love being a part of this organization. They took a chance on me early on, so I love it here. As far as where we’re at, you kind of got to take it up with the right people. I haven’t spent too much time up there, but hopefully we can get some things done. We’ll see how it goes."
Diggs' signing means the team's top-two receivers are in place for the entirety of new franchise quarterback Kirk Cousins' three-year contract.
Cousins signed a three-year, $84 million contract in the offseason. Receiver Adam Thielen had already signed an extension that keeps him in Minnesota through the 2020 season.
“He’s worked real hard," coach Mike Zimmer said of Diggs' on Sunday. "He had a really good OTAs. He’s had a really good camp this couple days. Running his routes good, catching the ball good, his speed looks great. He’s just doing a lot of good things.”
Reports of Diggs' extension were first reported early Tuesday and ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that the extension is worth a "total value of $81 million that includes just over $40 million in guaranteed money, per source."
Diggs, a fifth-round draft pick out of Maryland in 2015, has played 40 games in his three years with the Vikings, starting 34. He hasn't played a full-16 games yet but has been highly productive on a per-target basis. He had career-highs with 84 catches for 903 yards in 13 games in 2016.
The contract extension follows contracts given to fellow receivers this offseason such as Brandin Cooks with the Los Angeles Rams and Jarvis Landry with the Cleveland Browns. Diggs had been watching the market unfold.
"I was extremely happy for them," Diggs said. "Seeing guys who grind out in life and get paid, it’s definitely a blessing. I’m happy for every guy that gets paid. For me, I don’t really think of it as far as for me personally, everybody is different. I’m just more so happy for those guys when they pop up on my phone, two claps and keep it going."