By Terry Horstman
Stefon Diggs signed a four-year contract worth $2,507,713 with the Vikings after Rick Spielman made him the 146th overall selection in the 2015 NFL draft. In the three years since, Diggs’s production in comparison to his cap hit has made him one of the best values in the league. The former fifth-round pick had a cap hit of just $671,928 during his breakout 2017 season.
The University of Maryland product has just one year remaining on his original four-year rookie deal and it’s time to lock him up for the long haul. Diggs showed that he’s a dynamite talent in 2017 and won’t even turn 25 years old until more than halfway through next season.
Diggs may have ran his way into Vikings immortality when he scored the game-winning “Minneapolis Miracle” touchdown in the NFC Divisional Playoffs against the New Orleans Saints, but he was also a bonafide playmaker all season long and was a crucial part of the Vikings’ success.
Diggs saw a decrease in his catches and yards totals from his 2016 season, but most of that was due to the emergence of his receiving mate Adam Thielen. The most important part of Diggs’s improvement this season was his ability to get in the end zone. His eight touchdowns more than doubled his output from his previous two seasons and gave Minnesota’s offense a red zone punch it desperately...