The Dallas Cowboys have arrived in Oxnard for training camp and fans can hardly contain their excitement. There's multiple position battles to monitor, but the overarching storyline is whether the Cowboys reach an agreement on a contract extension with CeeDee Lamb or Trevon Diggs.
It's possible there's more urgency to get Diggs locked up given he's entering the final year of his rookie deal.
In other words, Diggs will be an unrestricted free agent at season's end if no deal is signed. The franchise tag is always a possibility, but almost everyone recognizes Diggs is already a top 10 player at his position and is still a year or two away from reaching his prime.
Diggs and his camp likely recognize that, too. He's also fully aware that Dallas checked in No. 1 on Forbes' franchise valuation list.
The two-time Pro Bowler tweeted a cryptic emoji in light of the news.
Trevon Diggs tweets cryptic emoji amid contract negotiations with Cowboys
Diggs has been active on social media in light of his egregious Madden 24 rating and the overall speculation surrounding his contract. One could interpret this specific tweet as Diggs giving his current team a shoutout, but it's not crazy to think he was making a subtle reference to his contract negotiations.
Think about it.
Diggs recognizes the Cowboys are worth billions. Would anyone fault him for using this this as leverage at the negotiation table? As we noted earlier, Diggs' production at the cornerback position speaks for itself.
He's also seen two premier corners -- Denzel Ward and Jaire Alexander -- ink at least $20 million annually from the Browns and Packers, respectively, within the last year. Like the top cornerbacks in the league, Diggs has traveled with the opposition's No. 1 wide receiver every week from the moment he stepped foot in the league.
When you couple that with the Cowboys topping Forbes' evaluation list for the seventh (!) year running and you can understand where Diggs is coming from. Some folks might prefer it if the former interception champ wasn't as outspoken on social media, but it's 2023. It's part of the equation now.
Regardless, it seems apparent Diggs has set a high baseline in negotiations.
The particulars remain private, but his asking price could exceed $100 million -- or at least north of $21 million per year depending on the length of the contract.
Ultimately, Diggs' resume is worthy of those gaudy numbers. He's played 49 of a possible 53 games, is a two-time Pro Bowler, was a first-team All-Pro as a rookie and nobody has recorded more interceptions since he entered the NFL in 2020.
As Diggs' cryptic tweet indicates, it's time for Dallas to show him the money.