Justin Jefferson’s Contract Details: Vikings Sign Star WR to Record-Breaking Deal

The Minnesota Vikings have signed superstar wide receiver Justin Jefferson to a record-setting contract extension. Here are the details.

There won’t be a Justin Jefferson trade.

The Minnesota Vikings have signed the superstar receiver to a record-breaking contract extension, per multiple reports. The deal, confirmed by the team, makes Jefferson the highest-paid receiver of all time and the highest-paid non-quarterback in NFL history.

Justin Jefferson’s Contract Details

Jefferson’s deal is worth $140 million over four years, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero. The contract also includes a staggering $110 million guaranteed.

Jefferson’s $35 million annual salary tops San Francisco 49ers edge rusher Nick Bosa’s $34 million as the highest for a non-quarterback in the NFL. Furthermore, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the deal includes $88.743 million due at signing, the highest non-QB guarantee at signing in NFL history.

Schefter added that multiple teams reached out to the Vikings about a possible Jefferson trade this offseason, but all were turned away. He also noted that, the day before the 2023 season started, Jefferson turned down a contract offer that would’ve paid him $28 million per season.

Jefferson, the best receiver in football, averaged 98 catches, 1,474 yards, and 7.5 touchdowns over his first four seasons in Minnesota. He’s a three-time Pro Bowler and one-time first-team All-Pro.

Vikings, Jefferson Comment on New Contract

From Jefferson: “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. 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.”

From head coach Kevin O’Connell: “Justin is an exceptionally talented player and an incredible person that I am honored to coach and have as a team captain. His positive energy and love for the game shows up every single day as he works to be the best at his craft.

“As coaches, we will do our part in helping him maximize his ability. I’m grateful to the Wilfs, Kwesi, Rob Brzezinski, and our staff for ensuring one of the brightest stars in professional sports will continue his career as a Minnesota Viking.”

From general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah: “We are elated to sign Justin and I want to thank him, his family, his representation, our staff, specifically Rob Brzezinski and Emily Badis, and the Wilf family for helping complete this monumental contract.

“From the moment I arrived in Minnesota, Justin has consistently proven to be one of the best players in the NFL on and off the field and we are excited about having him as a cornerstone of our team for a long time to come.”

Is This a Smart Move by the Vikings?

You could argue Minnesota is putting the card ahead of the horse.

It would be a different story if Kirk Cousins still were with the Vikings and not coming off a torn Achilles. But that’s not the case.

Instead, the Vikings quarterback room is led by veteran journeyman Sam Darnold and rookie J.J. McCarthy, who was the No. 10 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Both players are talented but unproven, and the Vikings can’t reasonably expect anything more than backup-level play from both, at least for the upcoming season.

Of course, Minnesota’s elite offensive weapons, led by Jefferson, can elevate just about any quarterback. But it’s fair to wonder whether the Vikings are about to pay a ton of money for Jefferson’s prime years, only to see them wasted by subpar QB play.

However, that’s just one side of the argument. At the end of the day, there’s a better case to be made for doing whatever it takes to re-sign a player like Jefferson, who’s talented enough to become the best receiver in NFL history. You don’t let those players leave, regardless of who’s playing quarterback.

So, while the Vikings are assuming some risk with the Jefferson contract, they ultimately made the right choice.

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