Detroit Lions, Quandre Diggs agree to 3-year extension

Dave Birkett
Detroit Free Press
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The Detroit Lions saw enough of Quandre Diggs in a five-game cameo at safety last season to make him one of the highest paid players at the position in the league.

Diggs signed a three-year contract extension Monday with the Lions that will keep him in Detroit through at least the 2021 season. NFL Network reported the extension is worth up to $20.4 million.

"It's a blessing," Diggs said. "Whenever it happened, it was a huge relief but at the end of the day you've still got to put in work and show the Lions that you deserve every penny of it."

Lions defensive back Quandre Diggs talks to media after practice during training camp in Allen Park on Friday, July 27, 2018.

Diggs shined late last season after moving from the slot cornerback position to safety for the final five games of the year after Tavon Wilson suffered a torn bicep.

He had three interceptions and forced a fumble in those starts, and the Lions made the position switch permanent this year for the hardest pound-for-pound hitter on their team.

"He was another guy who’s obviously a critical part of our team here defensively, a guy that has worked extremely hard since he walked in the door," Lions coach Matt Patricia said. "Someone since I got here who’s really kind of embraced everything that we’ve been doing and tried to take a big leadership role for us from that standpoint. So real happy for him and his family and we're excited to have him around."

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Diggs is expected to start alongside Glover Quin in the Lions secondary this fall, with Wilson playing in nickel packages, and his extension puts him slightly ahead of Quin as the highest-paid safety on the team.

Last summer, Quin, 32, signed a two-year, $13 million extension. This is the first season of that deal.

Ravens tight end Nick Boyle is tackled as he carries the ball against Lions cornerback Quandre Diggs in the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 in Baltimore, Md.

While the exact terms of Diggs' contract are not yet known, at $20.4 million, Diggs would average $6.8 million in new money per season.

According to Spotrac, just 14 safeties average more annually on their current deals.

A sixth-round pick in Martin Mayhew's final draft in 2015, Diggs is the latest in a string of Lions to sign summer contract extensions under general manager Bob Quinn.

Along with Glover Quin's deal last July, the Lions signed Matthew Stafford to a summer extension in 2017 and locked up cornerback Darius Slay, running back Theo Riddick and punter Sam Martin in 2016.

Diggs said he doesn't have any plans to celebrate his new deal, though teammates gave him plenty of friendly ribbing as they walked by his locker Monday.

"I'm a sixth-round draft pick, so end of the day, 32 teams passed me up," Diggs said. "I'm always going to have a chip on my shoulder, so it ain't going to be nothing different."

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