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Justin Jefferson agrees to record-setting contract extension with Vikings

Justin Jefferson without a helmet

Dec 17, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson has finally reset the market at his position.

Jefferson and the Vikings on Monday agreed to a 4-year, $140 million contract extension, according to multiple reports. The deal includes $110 million in guaranteed money and is the richest contract for any non-quarterback in NFL history.

AJ Brown became the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL earlier this offseason when the Philadelphia Eagles gave him a deal worth an average of $32 million per year. Jefferson’s new contract will pay him $35 million per year and $26 million more in guaranteed money than any other player at his position.

A recent rumor claimed the Vikings considered trading Jefferson ahead of the NFL Draft, but that is now even more difficult to believe. Minnesota has clearly been committed to Jefferson all along if they were willing to give him a record contract, and you can understand why.

Jefferson had 5,899 receiving yards and 30 touchdowns over his first four NFL seasons. He caught 68 passes for 1,074 yards and 5 touchdowns last year despite playing in only 10 games. Most people would agree that the former LSU star is the best wide receiver in football, and he is now paid accordingly.

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