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NFC North: Vikings sign Stefon Diggs to massive contract extension

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NFC North: Vikings sign Stefon Diggs to massive contract extension

The Minnesota Vikings signed star receiver Stefon Diggs to a massive contract extension on Tuesday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  The five-year deal is worth $72 million with $40 million guaranteed. Diggs can earn as much as $81 million over the life of the contract.

At first glance, the contract appears like a massive overpay for a player who has yet to amass 1,000 yards in any season of his career, but a look beyond the box score reveals just how talented Diggs is. 

In 14 games last season, Diggs secured 64 catches for 849 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016, he registered 903 yards in 13 games. Nagging injuries are the only thing that's stopped him from putting up top-tier statistics.

They haven't stopped him from making highlight-reel plays, however. No play rings louder than last year's miraculous game-winning 61-yard touchdown against the Saints in the playoffs. Diggs will forever be a part of Vikings history because of that moment.

The Bears had success shutting down Diggs last season. In Week 5, Diggs was targeted four times and held to one catch for four yards. In Week 17, Diggs caught six passes for 65 yards and a score.

Overall, Diggs has 24 catches for 295 yards and five touchdowns in five career games against Chicago.

Plenty of Bears players had their own Myles Garrett-Mason Rudolph takes

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Plenty of Bears players had their own Myles Garrett-Mason Rudolph takes

Thursday Night Football has a rich history of providing insanely boring games. It unites the football watching community by reminding them that hey, maybe that weeknight ACC game is a better choice (it was!). Last night's literal scrap between Cleveland and Pittsburgh broke the mold, though, and everyone brought some real Weekend Enthusiasm to their takes today. Plus there's still 48 hours before any other games, so strap in. 

There was a defensive lineman's take:

There was an offensive tackle's take: 

There was Tarik Cohen's take:

Allen Robinson was watching the Mavericks: 

The NFL just announced that Myles Garrett would be suspended indefinitely, so there will be certainly be more takes to come. When they come – and they will – from the Bears' direction, we'll have it covered. 

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Under Center Podcast: Tony Dungy & Chris Simms preview Bears/Rams

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Under Center Podcast: Tony Dungy & Chris Simms preview Bears/Rams

JJ Stankevitz catches up with NBC NFL analyst Tony Dungy about how important Sunday's Bears-Rams game is for both teams. They also discuss the degree to which the Bears miss Jordan Howard, and Lovie Smith's revival of the Fighting Illini (1:00).

Then, producer Eric Strobel and NBC's Chris Simms discuss how teams are game-planning for Khalil Mack, how and why both the Bears and Rams have disappointed this season and which franchise he'd want to be moving forward (11:00).

Listen to the episode here or via the embedded player below:

Under Center Podcast

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