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Former Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs signs $2.5 million deal with Vikings

Former Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs signed a four-year, $2.5 million contract Thursday with the Minnesota Vikings.

The fifth-round draft pick received a $228,000 signing bonus.

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"I feel like it's a great opportunity for me to play for the Vikings," Diggs told The Baltimore Sun after being drafted. "I'm just happy they believed in me and had some faith in me and my abilities. I'm just want to get to work. I just want to contribute to my team and earn the trust and do everything they need from me."

The second-team All-Big Ten Conference selection ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds at the NFL scouting combine. Diggs' combine time was nearly as fast as New York Giants standout wide receiver Odell Beckham's 4.43 last year.

Diggs never played a full season in College Park, but finished with 150 career receptions for 2,227 yards and 14 touchdowns before declaring for the draft after his junior year.

Diggs led Maryland with 62 catches for 792 yards and five touchdowns last season despite suffering a lacerated kidney that sidelined him for two games before he returned for a bowl game against Stanford.

Diggs visited the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers, met with New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and worked out for the Ravens and Washington Redskins during their local prospect days, according to NFL sources.

As a freshman, Diggs had 1,896 all-purpose yards and finished second to Miami running back Duke Johnson for Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year. At Good Counsel, Diggs was the consensus top-ranked recruit in the state and the second-ranked wide receiver in the nation.

At his Pro Day, Diggs had a 35-inch vertical leap, a 4.11-second time in the short shuttle, an 11.46-second 60-yard shuttle and bench-pressed 225 pounds 11 times.

Diggs averaged 14.84 yards per catch in his college career and had two returns for touchdowns. Diggs typically lined up as a slot receiver, which is where most analysts predict he'll be used in the NFL.

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