Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs has agreed to a five-year contract extension, multiple media outlets reported on Tuesday.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the deal is for a maximum of $81 million with more than $40 million guaranteed.
Diggs received a $15 million signing bonus plus this year’s base salary ($1.907 million) is guaranteed, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
The contract will keep Diggs with the Vikings through the 2023 season.
The Vikings have yet to announce the deal, although general manager Rick Spielman and Diggs are expected to address the media after practice Tuesday afternoon.
Diggs was on the receiving end of the “Minneapolis Miracle,” a 61-yard catch-and-run as time expired in the Vikings’ 29-24 win over the New Orleans Saints. The victory sent the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game, where they lost to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Case Keenum lofted a pass high to Diggs, who went up for the ball with New Orleans safety Marcus Williams looking like he might have been trying to avoid a pass-interference penalty. Diggs made the catch, turned, stayed in bounds and raced the rest of the way down the sideline for the game-winning touchdown.
The 24-year-old Diggs had 64 receptions for 849 yards and a team high-tying eight touchdowns last season. He has 200 catches for 2,472 yards and 15 scores in 40 career games.
“Stefon is a hard worker, man, he’s a guy that at first wasn’t labeled as one of the top receivers,” Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes said on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football Tuesday. “But now he’s showing his work. He’s showing he can catch the ball. He’s can run with the best, catch with the best, jump with the best, whatever. And he deserves to get paid with the best. I’m happy for him.
“We fight every day in practice. Go at it every day in practice, me, him, and (Adam) Thielen and the rest of the receivers. But him and Thielen being the leaders of that receiver corps, I fight with them guys the best so we can set an example for the younger guys.”
Diggs is the latest of a slew of Vikings who finalized new deals. The team also signed defensive ends Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter, defensive tackle Linval Joseph, linebacker Eric Kendricks and Rhodes since last July