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The Vikings Get Their Diggs In

The Minnesota Vikings have secured yet another core player with a long-term contract, signing wide receiver Stefon Diggs to a five-year extension and moving the star of the “Minneapolis Miracle” pass into the NFL’s top 10 highest-paid players at his position.

The new deal is valued at $72 million plus an additional $9 million in possible incentives, according to a person with knowledge of the contract who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the details. Diggs, who will play the final season of his rookie deal for the original base salary of slightly more than $1.9 million, received a $15 million signing bonus.

Diggs has come a long way since his father, Aron Diggs, died of heart failure in 2008. He told his son in his final months to make sure to look after his mother and two brothers, and for Diggs this new deal was the consummation of that directive.

“I’m happy that I can look at my mom and smile and tell her that everything is going to be OK,” Diggs said. “I’m just very thankful for everybody involved.”

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But Is Diggs Worth This Contract?

Diggs came up with a fabulous play that be played on highlight reels as long as football is in existence. The heartfelt emotions of him now being able to honor his late father’s wishes and can now truly take care of his family aside. The fans love him both on and off the field but the Vikings must block those things out and make a business decision with all their players, not just Diggs. Diggs has yet to post a 1,000-yard or 100-catch season, in fact in his 3 years in the league, he has only been targeted over 100 times once. The most touchdowns he has scored in a season is 8, and that was last season, but his 2 previous seasons combined he has scored only 7. If the numbers that are being reported are true, and Diggs is making money like he is one of the top 10 receivers in the NFL, then he should have the numbers to back up the dollars. You would also assume that he is growing as a receiver each year of his three years, and that is not the case either. In 2016 he had more targets, more receptions, more yards and a better catch percentage than the year prior and after the 2016 season.

He Was A Draft Steal

He formed a prolific tandem with Adam Thielen last year, helping Case Keenum stabilize the passing game after Sam Bradford was injured, and over his first three seasons has been one of the biggest steals of the 2015 draft.

“I love it here. I truly do, and I’m just happy I’ll be here for a while now,” Diggs said after practice Tuesday. “That’s why I want to play for them for selecting me in the fifth round. It was a bumpy road that day, and I just remember getting a call, and they gave me a chance. They believed in me, and they won, and going forward they pushed me to be where I am now.”

Do the Vikings feel guilty of his pay to this point? Is that why they decided to pay him top 10 money? They signed him to a 4 year $2.507 Million dollar contract, and he always showed up for work, and never complained.

“He’s been a good person off the field. He’s been a good person on the field as far as that,” head coach Mike Zimmer said. “When he messes up, he knows. One time I had him in my office, and I asked him … a question, and he said, ‘Now, coach, you know you knew the answer when you asked the question.’ He’s a smart guy.”

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But What About Adam Thielen?

On March 21st 2017 Adam Thielen, who had 1,276 receiving yards last season, agreed to a team-friendly 3 year deal worth $17 Million. That is a fraction of Diggs’ deal when he is obviously a much better talent. Is Thielen suppose to be happy for Diggs? This deal can’t be sitting well with him. The Vikings will have to pay in order to keep Thielen beyond 2020, but, I guess there are two different ways to look at this deal, and this may be how the Vikings are selling it to Thielen. The Diggs deal is an indication that he’ll take less to stay in Minnesota. For now, but when it comes time the Vikings are willing to pat their players as long as they show up for work and don’t complain. Thielen is set to carry cap numbers of $6.1MM, $5MM, and $6.5MM in each of the next three seasons.

What Does Their New QB Think Of The Signing?

Speaking of someone who got paid, how does the man who is $84 Million dollars richer think of the new contract for Diggs?

“What I most like is he loves football and loves to come and work, because as a quarterback it can be miserable if you’re out here with someone who is here to just get a paycheck and leave,” Cousins said. “He wants to work. I’ve been a part of some locker rooms where by 9 o’clock, some of your guys are sleeping in the back row, not taking notes, not paying attention. They’re basically checked out, texting or whatever,” Cousins said. “That’s not him. That’s not these guys.”

Since Cousins signed his fully guaranteed $84 million contract in March, the Vikings have signed linebacker Eric Kendricks, defensive end Danielle Hunter and now Diggs to multi-year deals. The Vikings now have Cousins, Diggs, Thielen, running back Dalvin Cook, left tackle Riley Reiff, right guard Mike Remmers and center Pat Elflein all under team control through at least the 2020 season. On defense, the same goes for Hunter, Kendricks, defensive end Everson Griffen, defensive tackle Linval Joseph, cornerback Xavier Rhodes and safety Harrison Smith. That’s a lot of star power to squeeze under the salary cap, with linebacker Anthony Barr the only prominent player with an expiring contract this year.

“Continuity, to me, is very important, and it’s not a luxury we have in the NFL these days,” Cousins said. “There is a lot of change year in and year out, so I’ve come to expect that and understand you can’t use that as an excuse.”

So, Zimmer is happy, Thielen is not talking, Cousins is happy. But will the Vikings fans be happy in 5 years when this contract is up? Only time will tell.

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