RENTON, Wash. – Pro Bowl Free Security Quandre Diggs says he expects to play at the start of the team’s regular season and be back in training soon once he closes an undisclosed personal financial matter.
28-year-old Diggs is in a contract year. He and the team are believed not to be negotiating an extension, which means he will play off the final year of his current contract.
Diggs has not indicated which business it is tying up. The Seattle Times reported that he was taking out an insurance policy.
“I would just say I had a few things that I had to sort out for myself on business, just like the team, they have things to do on business,” Diggs told reporters on Tuesday. “It was just something I had to do to protect myself, just like the team protects itself. I also have a family to support so I had to make the best decision for myself. Like I said, I wouldn’t to say.” was a statement. I am grateful to be here and I tell you this all the time. I am grateful to be here. I am blessed to be a Seahawk. So for me I think it was – I wouldn’t say “Reset”, but there were some things I had to patch on my part to find out. “
Diggs took part in training last week, but despite his health, he did not participate. He reported to the camp on time and had practiced for the first four weeks. Coach Pete Carroll said Friday that Diggs “made a bit of a testimony” by not practicing the same phrase he used when discussing Duane Brown’s decision to leave while he was sitting seeks a new deal. But Diggs alluded to how different his situation is on Tuesday.
“The little thing that I have to do, once it’s done, signed, sealed and delivered, I’ll be back in training,” he said. “I wouldn’t call it hold-in. I would say I’m just sorting out a few things and will be back with my teammates soon.”
Multiple sources have told ESPN that Diggs wanted a new deal this off-season. He is slated to earn a base salary of $ 5.95 million in 2021.
Carroll said after Seattle’s preseason finale on Saturday that he and Diggs had great conversations where both heard each other. Diggs participated in pre-game warm-ups but did not play as the Seahawks sat a handful of seasoned players, as in the first two games.
“I think the world of this guy,” said Carroll. “He’s a great competitor, tough as hell in every way and I really can’t imagine not playing with him.”
When asked if there is a chance he won’t be on the field when the Seahawks open the regular season against the Indianapolis Colts on September 12, Diggs said, “I doubt it” and reiterated the matter soon should be resolved.
“Me and Pete we talked,” he said. “So the front office, everyone upstairs understands, my coaches, my teammates all understand. So I don’t think it’s a big deal. Of course I want to be in training. It’s not that I don’t, don’t come to.” Camping to practice, not practice and just do that. But like I said, I don’t think it’s a delay. I think once this problem is resolved it will be ready to go. “
When asked if he would like extra time, Diggs said that is every player’s goal. He noted that after tweeting “I can’t deny what I deserve” last week, he then tweeted that he was grateful.
“Everyone wants to have this opportunity where they are happy and it would have been special for me,” he said. “It would have been my third deal but I’m blessed to be on my second deal and I’m making good money and we will continue to just focus on the season.”
In another interesting development with Seattle’s secondary school, cornerback DJ Reed told reporters that the team moved him to the left on Tuesday. Ahkello Witherspoon was the alleged starter there, while Reed and Tre Flowers fought for the start on the right. Reed said Flowers stayed on the right on Tuesday.
“As far as I can tell, I’m probably doing this right now,” Reed said when asked whether his move was temporary or permanent. “So, if nothing else changes, I’m adaptable, but I feel like I do.”
The Seahawks acquired cornerback Sidney Jones from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday in exchange for a sixth round election in 2022, a source told ESPN. The Seahawks set their first squad as of Tuesday’s cut-off date with just 52 players, leaving a seat vacant as the Jones deal was not yet official.