OXNARD, CA. – Under clear skies, the Dallas Cowboys held their first training camp practice on Wednesday. Every player was in attendance except for holdout guard Zack Martin.
Wednesday also marked the first time the media got to talk with cornerback Trevon Diggs after he agreed to a 5-year, $97 million contract extension this week.
“Just very appreciative, you know, opportunity just the organization, trusting in my abilities, trusting in what I do on the field and, you know, just doing everything I can to try to help this franchise win a Super Bowl,” Diggs said. “I’m just truly thankful. It means a lot, you know, being able to get it done, you know, before camp. And I can just focus on football. So, you know, I’m just extremely thankful.”
Head coach Mike McCarthy, who had a hand in drafting Diggs in 2020, is thankful Diggs signed his new deal before the first practice in Oxnard.
“Personally, I’m just excited for him, his family, and what that means for his financial future,” McCarthy told the media. “For us here, the Dallas Cowboys, the timing is great. The second contract is such an important part of the draft and develop method. And when you’re able to get your young guys done, I was excited to see that happen.”
Diggs is entering the final year of his four-year rookie contract and is happy the Cowboys believe in him to reward him with a long-term contract.
“I think the Cowboys, you know, trust in what I bring to the table, what I bring to the field,” Diggs said. “I trust what I bring to the table, what I bring the field, I feel like we’re on the same page.”
With 17 interceptions on his NFL resume, Diggs already felt like he was one of the top corners in the NFL. Now, he’s got the money to prove it, but the young man still is unsatisfied and has much to prove.
“I feel like, you know, money isn’t everything,” he said. “At the end of day, you still got to go out there and perform. They give contracts to guys all the time. And, you know, guys don’t perform sometimes, after. And, you know, I feel like my main goal is just to stay consistent and stay building on my career and just trying to, you know, put together a good resume to where at the end of the day, I’ll go down as one of the best DBs to play the game.”
Diggs also said he’s happy that he will be able to take care of his family.