The Dallas Cowboys have fortified their defensive lineup, securing two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Trevon Diggs with a five-year extension. Sources have confirmed that the deal, which includes a $21.25 million signing bonus, is worth a whopping $97 million.
An Early Resolution to Free Agency Uncertainties
Diggs was initially slated to become an unrestricted free agent after the conclusion of the 2023 season. However, this new contract ensures that he will remain with the Cowboys through 2028.
The deal contains incentives which could potentially elevate its total worth to $104 million. Earlier this year, when questioned about his future, Diggs expressed his desire to stay in Dallas. "Hopefully something gets figured out.
I love Dallas. I love being here. We'll see," he said in May. This contract extension, guaranteeing $42.3 million, solidifies his position with the team he loves.
A Strategic Move with Salary Cap Implications
Prior to the Diggs deal, the Cowboys had $21.8 million in salary cap room, as indicated by NFLPA figures.
This contract will inevitably make a significant dent in that. But the Cowboys' management remains optimistic about the state of their financials. "I actually feel really good about where we are, not only in the intermediate but also the long term [regarding the cap]," executive vice president Stephen Jones said.
He believes that the team's contracts are well-structured and expressed motivation to continue signing young talent. Stephen Jones credited the Cowboys' success to their skilled drafting process and strong relationships with player agents. "That's certainly why you hope to have success, and I think we have had success drafting.
In terms of the young players that we've got coming up, whether it's Diggs or Lamb or Micah or Steele or whoever may be coming up and we're constantly in communication," Jones added. The executive vice president also commented on the caliber of representation for their players, attributing this to the significant amounts of money at stake in professional football.
"Certainly all these guys are represented because the money is so big, by top-of-the-line folks, so you just continue to grind and look for windows and opportunities to get these things done." This latest move by the Cowboys exemplifies their commitment to nurturing young talent and a strategic approach to contract negotiations, ensuring a stable, competitive team for years to come.
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