Not two hours after discussing the importance of keeping their homegrown talent on long-term deals, the Dallas Cowboys signed two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Trevon Diggs to a five-year, $97 million extension through 2028 that included a $21.25 million signing bonus.
Diggs was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent after the 2023 season, but he is now signed through 2028. The deal can max out at $104 million if he hits on incentives.
The Cowboys drafted Diggs in the second round of the 2020 draft and he has 17 interceptions in his first three years. In 2021, Diggs led the NFL with 11 interceptions, tying a franchise record held by Everson Walls. That year he became the first Cowboys cornerback to earn All-Pro honors since Deion Sanders in 1999.
Diggs had an interception in each of the first six games of the 2021 season to become one of four players to have a pick in that many games to start the season. As a rookie in 2020 and again last season. Diggs had three interceptions.
In May, Diggs was asked about his future, saying, “Hopefully something gets figured out. I love Dallas. I love being here. We’ll see.”
Diggs’ $19.4 million average ties him for fifth among the highest paid cornerbacks in the NFL with New Orleans’ Marshon Lattimore. Green Bay’s Jaire Alexander ($21 million), Cleveland’s Denzel Ward ($20.1 million), Miami’s Jalen Ramsey ($20 million) and Baltimore’s Marlon Humphrey ($19.5 million) have higher average salaries.
Now that Diggs’ contract is secure, the Cowboys can continue to work on deals for Pro Bowl wide receiver CeeDee Lamb and right tackle Terence Steele.