Stephen Diggs has a reassuring message for Buffalo Bills fans.
“Bill Mafia… I’m not leaving,” Diggs whispered into the microphone, doing his best impersonation of Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Diggs isn’t going anywhere after officially signing a four-year, $96 million contract extension with the Bills on Thursday. The standout wide receiver had two years left on his original contract, and the new deal sees him locked in through the 2027 season.
The new contract further validates Diggs’ status as one of the best receivers in the league, as well as general manager Brandon Bean’s decision to acquire Diggs from Minnesota two years earlier for a first-round draft pick.
Since arriving in Buffalo, Diggs has lived up to the billing of No. 1 Target — and more. He led the league in both receptions (127) and receiving yards (1,535) in 2020, setting franchise records in both categories and making an All-Pro team. Last season, he remained the focal point for one of the league’s most explosive offenses and was eighth in the NFL with 103 receptions and 10 touchdowns for 1,225 yards.
It was an instant fit for Diggs in Buffalo, which is why he couldn’t see himself going anywhere else. Diggs has said that he sees himself retiring with the Bills.
“For me, my family, my support system, my agent, it was something we talked about even before we came here. I felt like my next place was my last,” Diggs said. “I wanted this to be my home, and I never wanted to go anywhere. It was important to me, especially the first year and the second year, you felt like you were made in that family. And that’s hard to do when you have a job and you try to stay professional, but you get the relationships I have with Josh (Alan) and others on the team. It’s just like, well, it starts to feel like home. You don’t want to leave it.”
Diggs’ expansion is the latest big-money move for a team that has established itself as a top Super Bowl contender. His deal comes weeks after Bill signed pass rusher von Miller to a six-year contract in free agency, and added three new defensive tackles. The Bills signed Allen to a six-year, $258 million contract extension in August.
“As far as getting the right pieces, they are trusted,” Diggs said. “They’ve done it. I think I can say I’m a prime example. They bring in the right people and last year our defense was first for most categories. Every year is a new year and I I see we are trying to do something better.”
Known for their tireless work ethic, Diggs doesn’t plan to change anything with their game. He wants to continue to build his relationship with Allen on and off the field and be a leader who leads by example. Diggs was named captain of the team last season, an honor he carries with pride.
“They say if it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it,” Diggs said. “So we’re on a nice little roll for the first two years. I want to spend a little more time with Josh. Yeah, we spend a lot of time together, and yeah it’s one of my best friends, but I think We have a lot more to do. Two years is not six years or five years, as far as scratching that potential and building that relationship as quarterback to receiver, I think it’s up to us It was so natural, but it’s too much there.
“So keep building that relationship and that chemistry with my quarterback and be a leader on this football field and in this team. I was so happy, one of my goals was to be captain in my second year. I did it in my first year.” So bad wanted, but my second year, I wanted it to be like I’m a leader on this team, and I want to continue to lead this team the right way.
“I will be the same person. I am consistent. I am not going to change who I am. I am a man of integrity. I will continue to be a leader, and I want to win.”
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