The Detroit Lions made Quandre Diggs’ three-year contract extension official on Monday morning. General manager Bob Quinn offered this statement on Diggs’ growth in his three years since being drafted in the sixth round:
“Quandre has developed into one of our core defensive players and we are excited to come to this agreement that will have him as a Detroit Lion for the next four seasons,” Quinn said in an official statement.
But Quinn wasn’t the only one to offer his excitement for Diggs staying around. As Detroit Lions players woke up to learn the news on Monday morning, several went to social media to offer their congratulations.
Most notably was Lions receiver Golden Tate, who himself is waiting to see if the Lions will offer him an extension as he enters the final year of his contract.
Safety Charles Washington shared his thoughts via an Instagram story:
Then there was Darius Slay, who was jubilant in the locker room Monday, conducting a fake interview with Diggs and asking how much he weighs with an extra $20 million. He offered this social media post:
Congrats to my lil bra @qdiggs6 well deserved✊ ✊ Lil Nino in business!!!!!!!— Darius Slay (@_bigplayslay23) September 3, 2018
But there were a couple of former Lions player who knew Diggs well that wanted to offer their congratulations as well.
Former Lions cornerback Alex Carter, who was actually drafted three rounds before Diggs in the same year, was clearly excited for his former teammate:
Patriots linebacker, and teammate of Diggs for just over a year, Kyle Van Noy—who got his own extension last year—offered his thoughts on Twitter:
And former backup quarterback turned analyst Dan Orlovsky:
I love seeing as many guys in the NFL get paid as possible, but I love seeing certain guys a little more and @qdiggs6 is one of those dudes. An all-time favorite of mine, congrats man...think about all the clothes you can buy at the kids sized discounted rate you get.— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) September 3, 2018
And former Lions fifth-round pick Caraun Reid:
And you may remember James Ihedigbo, who may have taught Diggs a thing or two about laying the boom back in 2015:
Congratulations brother happy for my guy!!!!— DIGGZ32 (@JamesIhedigbo) September 3, 2018
Diggs actually credited James Ihedigbo, among plenty of other former Lions cornerbacks like Rashean Mathis, with helping him throughout his career.
It’s clear that Diggs is—and has been—valued in that locker room for some time now. Thankfully, the Lions saw that and paid the man accordingly.