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MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Stefon Diggs agrees to 5-year contract extension

EAGAN, MINN.

A person with direct knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Vikings and wide receiver Stefon Diggs have agreed on a five-year contract extension, moving the star of the “Minneapolis Miracle” into the NFL’s top 10 highest-paid players at his position.

The new deal, which was reached on Tuesday, is valued at $72 million plus an additional $9 million in possible incentives, according to the person who spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the details.

Diggs has yet to post a 1,000-yard or 100-catch season, but his ability was on full display when he made the 61-yard touchdown reception on the game’s final play to lift the Vikings to victory over New Orleans in last season’s playoffs.

Butt goes through 1st full-pad practice since knee injury

DENVER BRONCOS

Tight end Butt practices for first time since ACL injury

ENGLEWOOD, COLO.

Denver Broncos tight end Jake Butt returned to full pads for the first time since tearing his right ACL against Florida State in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30, 2016.

The second-year player out of Michigan said the knee feels “100 percent.” He wasn’t wearing a protective brace when the team donned full pads Tuesday.

Butt slipped to the fifth round of the 2017 draft due to the injury. The Broncos were hopeful to have him back for the second half last season, but he wasn’t ready and went on season-ending injured reserve.

The 6-foot-6, 250-pound Butt won the John Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end his senior season.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ers

Lower-body injuries sideline DL Armstead, TE Hikutini

SANTA CLARA, CALIF.

San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Arik Armstead has been sidelined by a hamstring injury.

The 49ers announced Tuesday that Armstead is week-to-week because of the injury. The team also said tight end Cole Hikutini will miss practice this week with a groin injury and right guard Joshua Garnett is day to day with a knee injury.

The Niners were able to activate five players who hadn’t practiced since the start of camp. Receiver Trent Taylor (back), linebacker Dekoda Watson (calf) and guard Jonathan Cooper (knee) were taken off the physically unable to perform list. Linebacker Malcolm Smith (lower leg) and defensive back Marcell Harris (Achilles’) were activated from the non-football injury list.

San Francisco also signed tight end Wes Saxton to a one-year deal and waived cornerback C.J. Goodwin.

TENNESSEE TITANS

DLs Maxey, Lampkin signed to replace two injured players

NASHVILLE, TENN.

The Tennessee Titans have added a pair of defensive linemen after placing cornerback Tye Smith on injured reserve and waiving injured defensive lineman Claude Pelon.

The Titans announced Tuesday they signed Johnny Maxey and Du’Vonta Lampkin.

Smith started both playoff games last January for the Titans and had 11 tackles with an interception during the regular season. Pelon, signed on the opening day of training camp, hurt his right knee Sunday in practice.

The 6-foot-5 Maxey was on the Titans’ practice squad for the final month of last season before being waived in April. He also has been on Pittsburgh’s practice squad and roster, playing two games in 2016. The 6-foot-4 Lampkin went undrafted out of Oklahoma and was in Baltimore’s rookie minicamp this spring.

Associated Press

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