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, 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.Diggs has yet to post a 1,000-yard
or 100-catch season, but his ability was on full display when he turned a
sideline catch into a 61-yard touchdown as time ran out to lift the Vikings to
victory over New Orleans in last season's playoffs. 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."Now the Vikings have a new quarterback in Kirk Cousins, who was elated
by the news that Diggs is under contract through 2023."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."The Vikings offense was at the new
practice facility on Monday night past 9 p.m. working on playbook
installation."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."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."He's been a good person
off the field. He's been a good person on the field as far as that Cheap
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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."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 Cheap
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, 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."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."Chad Williams and Christian Kirk: the young dynamic duo The day grows
ever closer — and it’s a day Arizona Cardinals fans have dreaded for a long
time. Larry Fitzgerald, despite appearing to be an ageless wonder, will
eventually have to hang up his jersey for good and retire. No one is sure when
that will be and anyone that says they do is just guessing. Regardless of the
unknown date, life after Fitz will arrive one day and the Cardinals will need to
have a plan in place as to how they will replace his production. That may prove
difficult considering you are looking to mimic a Hall of Fame talent. But what
if I told you that the answer(s) may already be on the roster? Christian Kirk,
the second round rookie out of Texas A&M, and Chad Williams, a sophomore
receiver that did very little as a rookie, have both looked phenomenal this
preseason. Kirk brings with him a great level of speed, elusiveness and field
vision. Williams is a bigger receiver than can win at the line of scrimmage and
use his size and relative quickness to shake off opposing defenders. I am really
excited about the growth of these two young receivers, especially as it pertains
to their on-field relationship with quarterback of the future Josh Rosen. They
both look to be a great fit in Mike McCoy’s more conservative, short and
intermediate passing game offense. With Fitzgerald still in the fold for the
2018-19 season, the Cardinals’ wide receiver group and their offense as a whole
suddenly does not look as bleak as it did prior to training camp.And with
Williams and Kirk in tow for the long haul, the same group may be set for the
future as well.
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