Sources: Stefon Diggs agrees to five-year deal with Vikings
Its become something of a training camp tradition that the Vikings try to lock up one of their core players with a contract extension. They continued the tradition Tuesday morning.
According to league sources, the team will sign wide receiver Stefon Diggs to a five-year contract extension on Tuesday, retaining another one of its core players that was scheduled to hit free agency in March. Diggs deal is expected to be worth around $14 million a season, according to an NFL source, which would put his deal in line with recent contracts the Green Bay Packers gave Davante Adams and the Chicago Bears gave Allen Robinson.
Diggs caught eight touchdowns last season, tying him for the team lead with Kyle Rudolph. He finished second in catches (64) and receiving yards (849) while playing 14 games, and his game-winning touchdown in the Vikings playoff victory over the New Orleans Saints -- known since then as the Minneapolis Miracle -- vaulted him into national conversation.
With Diggs deal in line to be signed on Tuesday, the Vikings would have only linebacker Anthony Barr left among their key free-agents-to-be. Theyve finalized deals with Everson Griffen, Linval Joseph, Xavier Rhodes, Eric Kendricks, Danielle Hunter and Diggs since last July.
The deal also raises the question of how the Vikings will approach Adam Thielen in years to come. Thielen signed a three-year extension before last season that included $11 million in guaranteed money, but the deal is well below market value for a player who earned second-team All-Pro honors after catching 91 passes for 1,276 yards last season.
Thielens contract expires after the 2020 season, though the Vikings could look to rework it before then.