Quandre Diggs said he doesn’t have any big purchases planned with his new contract.
“Y’all got to understand, I’m from the country,” Diggs said earlier this week. “I’m from a little town right outside of Houston, so we ain’t got nothing to spend money on.”
If Diggs wanted to, he’d have plenty of purchasing power after signing a three-year extension on Monday. His new deal includes a $4.5 million signing bonus and a $2 million roster bonus for 2019 that becomes fully guaranteed on Saturday.
All total, Diggs’ extension could be worth $20.5 million, and includes playing-time escalators of up to $600,000 annually starting in 2019.
With an average annual value of $6.84 million in new money, Diggs is the 15th highest-paid safety in the NFL, according to Spotrac, something that wasn’t lost on him when he signed his contract.
“It’s a good feeling because I have other friends in the NFL that’s also getting extended and getting deals like that so it makes us as feel good and it continues just to bring competition within,” Diggs said. “We’re all competing with each other.”
The Detroit Lions had a busy start to the early hours of Labor Day.
The Lions and defensive back Quandre Diggs agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension worth $20.4 million, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via sources informed of the transaction.
Diggs was entering the final year of his contract, which pays a base salary of $1.9 million, and his versatility to play cornerback and safety proved its worth.
Since entering the league in 2015 as a sixth-round pick out of Texas, Diggs has appeared in 44 games with 19 starts. He solidified his position on the roster in 2017 by starting a career-high 11 games, which included making the switch from nickel cornerback to strong safety in December. With the expanded role last year, Diggs produced a career-high 55 tackles, a sack, three interceptions and nine passes defensed.
The extension signals the Lions’ trust that Diggs can continue the production to help turn around a pass defense that finished the 2017 season ranked 27th in the league.
The Lions made another move Monday morning designed to bolster defense and special teams.
The Lions signed former New England Patriots linebacker Marquis Flowers, Rapoport reported. The move reunites Flowers with Lions coach Matt Patricia, who previously served as the Patriots’ defensive coordinator.