Vikings receiver Jarius Wright will be sticking around in Minnesota.
The Vikings announced that Wright signed a contract extension today. Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Wright is getting four years added to his deal, meaning it now runs through 2019, and he’ll get $14.8 million in new money.
“Jarius has been a key member of our offense since we drafted him in 2012 and we felt it was necessary to secure his future with our organization. His commitment to this team, hard work and leadership in the WR room are several of the intangibles that he brings to our club on a daily basis and we’re excited for his future with the Vikings. With the help of WR coach George Stewart, Jarius has greatly improved since coming to Minnesota. This extension stays true to our philosophy of drafting young talent, developing them in our system and rewarding their success,” Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said in a statement.
Last year the 25-year-old Wright was third on the team with 42 catches, and second on the team with 588 receiving yards. Although the Vikings showed by acquiring Mike Wallace this offseason that they felt they needed to upgrade at the position, they think Wright will remain an important part of their passing game.