The Minnesota Vikings have expressed their intention to “prioritize” a contract extension for their star wide receiver, Justin Jefferson.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported on SportsCenter that the Vikings are eager to secure Jefferson’s future and that he could potentially become the highest-paid non-quarterback in the NFL.
Fowler highlighted the escalating market for wide receivers, with players like Tyreek Hill and Davante Adams commanding salaries of $30 million or more.
Given Jefferson’s exceptional talent and his reputation as one of the best receivers in the league, Fowler speculated that his next contract could potentially reach $31 million per year, surpassing the current highest-paid non-quarterback, Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams.
With Donald earning an average salary of $31.7 million and Hill close behind at $30 million, Jefferson’s desired extension could easily exceed $32 million given the current financial climate in the NFL.
Justin Jefferson has been nothing short of spectacular since entering the league three seasons ago. He has amassed impressive statistics, recording 324 receptions for 4,825 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns.
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Paying Jefferson a top-tier salary might limit the team’s financial flexibility in retaining their current quarterback, Kirk Cousins, who is set to become a free agent in 2024, if they so choose.
In the 2023 NFL Draft, the team selected USC wide receiver Jordan Addison in the 1st round. This move could potentially indicate that the team is prioritizing its receiving corps over other positions, which may add intrigue for Jefferson’s contract negotiations.
It is worth noting that Justin Jefferson is currently under contract with the Vikings until the end of the 2024 season. Therefore, there is no immediate cause for concern. However, if negotiations for a new deal fail to materialize over the next year, the Vikings will be faced with a crucial decision regarding the future of their star receiver.