EAGAN, Minn. (KMSP) - Stefon Diggs has signed a five-year contract extension with the Minnesota Vikings, the team announced Tuesday. The extension keeps the wide receiver in Minnesota through the 2023 season.
“I love it here,” said Diggs at a press conference. “I truly do. I’m just happy I’ll be here for awhile.”
The deal is for a reported $72 million. To Diggs, the big contract meant fulfilling a promise to his late father.
“My dad sat me down a couple months before he passed away. He just told me look out for your brothers, look out for your mom and basically look after your family and it meant a lot to me,” said Diggs. “So with this day coming forward, it just came full circle. I have a lot of emotions, you can understand a little bit, but for it to come all the way around – just I’m happy that I can look at my mom and smile and tell her everything is going to be okay.”
Diggs has already cemented a place in Vikings history with the Minneapolis Miracle game-winning, 61-yard touchdown catch against the New Orleans Saints. The play won the ESPY for Play of the Year and propelled the Vikings into the NFC Championship game.
"This is where I want to be - I’m happy," said Diggs. "These are my teammates and my friends, you know Adam [Thielen]. You know I love him to death and the other guys. We built something special here and I’ve been here for awhile now and I didn’t want to leave."
At training camp Tuesday, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins said he could talk all day about Diggs both on and off the field.
“He just loves football," Cousins said. "He's not in it for just the paycheck."
Diggs has 300 catches for 2,472 yards and 15 touchdowns in his three seasons with the Vikings. Last season was his best as a pro, with 849 yards and 8 touchdown catches.