Quandre Diggs wants (and deserves) to be paid, and Pete Carroll already made it sound like he is going to be.
Diggs recently told Seahawks.com he would like to be back in Seattle but wants to “feel fairly compensated knowing that I’m a two-time Pro-Bowler (who received) All-Pro votes and (am) one of the best, if not the best, free safety in the NFL.”
“I feel like I did everything the right way to be compensated as well,” he said. “If it works out and they say they want to do it, let’s get it done.”
The cash equivalent of that resume is around $14 million – which would put Diggs in the top nine safeties. At $15 million, he would be in the top four.
Six safeties received more All-Pro votes than Diggs, who got three. The lowest-paid veteran is Micah Hyde, who averages $9.6 million. Hyde received 10 votes, the same as Budda Baker and Justin Simmons, who both average around $15 million.
Five other safeties are over $14 million as well, including Seattle’s Jamal Adams at a league-high $17.5 million.
The safety franchise tag will be $12.9 million – and that’s the fallback for Seattle if a long-term deal cannot be done. But both sides should be amenable to around $14 million per year – the 2022 cap hit would be much less than that, of course.
Carroll seemed to hint that he wants to keep Diggs.
After the disappointing 7-10 finish to 2021, Carroll told 710 ESPN, “We’ve got the nucleus of a championship right here, so we’re going to try to keep that together.”
He also emphasized that most of Seattle’s cap room would be used on re-signing guys.
“We have a lot of players that are going to be free agents that need to be on this team next year, so that money goes very quickly there,” he said.
He cautioned fans who think “we have all this cap space, (so) we can make all these moves and all that.”
“Well, that’s not necessarily how people should look at it,” he said. “They should be clear that we’ve got some wonderful players on this team that need to come back, so that money will go faster than you think and won’t be quite as free as it looks like right now.”
Diggs will be the most expensive player to re-sign — and he’s worth it.