While most of the focus on offseason extensions surrounded one Golden Tate in Detroit, another Lions player on the final year of his contract was apparently in the team’s crosshairs for a big payday.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Lions defensive back Quandre Diggs has been given a three-year extension worth $20.4 million:
Sources: The #Lions have agreed to terms with Quandre Diggs on a 3-year extension worth $20.4M. After only 5 games playing safety last year, Detroit really liked what they saw. Big payday for the playmaking former 6th rounder who some thought was too small to thrive in the NFL— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 3, 2018
Diggs has been one of the more pleasant surprises from the Lions 2015 draft class, which has produced very little for Detroit. The nickel corner had a great rookie year, and after taking a step back in 2016, Diggs really broke out last season.
Not only has Diggs produced in his role as an underrated nickel cornerback, but he also played phenomenally as the team’s strong safety when Tavon Wilson was lost for the season. In his first four starts at his new position, Diggs picked up three interceptions and also flashed as an impressive tackler in both run and pass defense.
As a safety, his average of $6.8 million a year on his extension, puts him right about 14th in the league, coincidentally right above his teammate Glover Quin ($6.5 million).
Congrats, Nino! Well deserved!