What a contract extension could look like for the Seahawks and Quandre Diggs.
If the Seahawks overpaid for name brand in Jamal Adams, what does that leave for Quandre Diggs? Fortunately, both players at the time of the extension are at different points in their respective careers.
Adams is ‘starting’ his prime in terms of age. Whereas Diggs is in the midst/getting toward the end. Younger players are always more expensive as they have unseen upside. We know what Diggs is and is not. He is who he is. A playmaker and a leader who is closer to the end of his prime than the start.
Then tag along with the knowledge that Diggs is coming off an injury that will have him sidelined until OTAs. These facts combined make for a much more-so palpable contract for the Seahawks.
Terms: 3 years, $32.5 million
Average salary: $10.8 million per year
Signing bonus: $8 million
Cap hits by year:
- 2022: $5 million
- 2023: $11 million
- 2024: $16.5 million
The setup of the contract will have the final year be a team option. The dead cap for releasing Diggs before the 2024 season will be just $3.3 million, saving the Seahawks $13.2 million if the team decided to move on.
This contract is likely lower than many expect. However, it’s not often that a 29-year-old free safety coming off a leg injury is going to get paid serious money.
However, this is a strong deal for both parties. The Seahawks get their true leader back in the huddle and Diggs gets a sizeable, although not as much as he likely wanted, pay bump for incredible efforts.