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Justin Jefferson agrees to record-setting deal with Minnesota Vikings


Minnesota Vikings Justin Jefferson during a home game

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A new record-setting deal was set in the NFL today, as Minnesota Vikings star wide receiver Justin Jefferson signed a 4yr/$140 million extension and $110 million guaranteed to become the highest-paid non-quarterback in NFL history.


The Vikings' star receiver muted any potential noise of him leaving this offseason by announcing his decision on social media saying "the deal I have been waiting for since I was a little kid."



Jefferson’s deal completely reshapes the wide receiver market, breaking Detroit Lions star receiver Amon Ra St.Brown’s 4yr/$120 million deal signed back in April that was $35.3 million guaranteed with a $16.5 million signing bonus.


Jefferson’s deal will keep him under contract through the 2028 season with $89 million guaranteed at signing.


Jefferson has proven worthy of this contract as he’s been a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses since he stepped foot into the NFL in 2020 out of LSU who has set and broken numerous records in his young illustrious career thus far.

Jefferson is one of five players ever with 5,000-plus receiving yards in his first four seasons, and his 5,899 career yards are nearly 400 more than any other player in NFL history along that same measure, according to NFL Research.


 His 98.3 receiving yards per game also stand as the most in NFL history (minimum of 50 games), and he's improved that average yearly (87.5, 95.1, 106.4, 107.4 in 2023) the past four seasons.


Despite his astronomical production yearly, his best season came in the 2022 season when he was named the 2022 AP Offensive Player Of The Year when he led the league in receptions (128) and receiving yards (1,809) along with being a first-team All-Pro selection.



The following 2023 season Jefferson was limited to just 10 games due to a hamstring injury but still managed to eclipse the 1,000-yard plateau in back-to-back seasons.


Jefferson will be joining a much different team next season than he was used to his first four seasons with the departure of Kirk Cousins leaving for the Atlanta Falcons and either rookie J.J. McCarthy or veteran Sam Darnold being slotted as the future starting quarterback for the exceptional wideout.


Jefferson's long-awaited extension comes just in time for the Vikings to get to work as the club begins mandatory minicamp on Tuesday.



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