06-3-2024, 12:19 PM

Justin Jefferson and the Vikings finalize a 4-year, $140 million contract

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The Minnesota Vikings and star wide receiver Justin Jefferson have agreed to a contract extension, the franchise announced on Monday. The deal, valued at $140 million with $110 million guaranteed, makes Jefferson the highest-paid non-quarterback in NFL history, according to the NFL Network.

The 24-year-old will stay with Minnesota through the 2028 season.

"I would not be in this position if not for my family and their support. I’m so thankful for them instilling a foundational gratitude and competitive fire within me," Jefferson said in a statement through the team. "I’d like to thank the Wilf family, Kevin O’Connell, Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and the entire Vikings organization for believing in me and trusting me to help lead this team. To all my teammates and coaches from the very beginning as a kid in Louisiana, all the way to the NFL, thank you for always being there for me and pushing me. Lastly, to Vikings fans everywhere, you’ll continue to get my very best each and every day. SKOL!"

Since joining the Vikings, Jefferson has become one of the NFL's top play-making wide receivers. Over 60 games, he has amassed 392 catches for 5,899 yards and 30 touchdowns. He was named Offensive Player of the Year in 2022, leading the league with 128 receptions and 1,809 receiving yards, along with eight touchdown catches.

Last season, Minnesota finished third in the NFC North with a 7-10 record. Injuries contributed to their struggles, with Jefferson missing significant time and veteran quarterback Kirk Cousins suffering a season-ending Achilles tear in Week 8. Cousins has since signed with the Atlanta Falcons, and the Vikings selected Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft.

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