Vikings announce contract extension for Jarius Wright

AP

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.

72 responses to “Vikings announce contract extension for Jarius Wright

  1. The BEST franchise in the NFL strikes again.

    Another Value deal for a player that would be the #2 WR on most teams and he’s only our #4.

    Shows how much depth we truly have.

    Monday night can’t come soon enough!

    Vikings: 42
    49ers: 14

    Let the Purple & Gold Confetti Fall!

  2. A big Viking fan here.

    Cordarrelle is fake smiling being happy for Jarius because he is really thinking, “Glad I can return kicks. Because I am not getting a lot of time on the field as a receiver.”

  3. When the Vikings want to re-sign you, it’s a certainty that your NFL future is in doubt. Once Minny cuts him down the road, no other team will take him because of the purple stench he’ll always carry.

  4. Glad to see the Vikings re-up Wright. He seems to be a favorite of Bridgewater, and has proven himself as a valuable slot receiver; that 87-yarder to defeat the Jets in OT was proof of his value.

    This signing puts Cordarelle Patterson on notice. With rookie Stefon Diggs, Charles Johnson, and Wright, Patterson’s future with the team is tenuous at best. If Mike Wallace puts in a solid year, and the Vikings keep him around after 2015, expect Patterson to either be traded or released after the season if he can’t prove able to learn the offense.

    The fact is, after losing Sullivan to injury, I wouldn’t mind seeing the team shop Patterson for a an upgrade on the OL, but I doubt there are any teams willing to make that trade.

  5. Wallace. Johnson. Wright on the outsides.

    AP lined up 7 yards deep.

    CP84 when they go 4 wide.

    Teddy has an embarrassment of riches with which to operate.

    35 points a game….

  6. 4 SB Losses & 0 Championships ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ says:
    Sep 10, 2015 1:05 PM
    Wow. Garbage WR on a garbage WR core and he gets that kinda money? I suppose if you’re overpaying Wallace 5x more than he’s worth at $11M, they mine as well go all in on Wright and do the same.
    —————–
    What were your teams last year numbers for wideouts 3-5? Or, as they are called now, 1-3. Seems like the Packer fans should be more concerned with who will catch passes for your team. AR can’t throw and catch passes.

  7. The packTerds are wishing they had a Jarius Wright right about now. MN has one of the best young and vet. wide WR core in the league ooh i love how scared the packer trolls are right now.

  8. vikes182 says:
    Sep 10, 2015 1:17 PM
    I like Jarius as a #3 or #4 WR…but not for that much $$$. Could’ve kept him for a lot less.
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    It’s always amusing to hear fans talk about how much they could have signed a player for. In two years this will be a bargain. The salary cap will go up, and many players will be under contract.

  9. What were your teams last year numbers for wideouts 3-5? Or, as they are called now, 1-3. Seems like the Packer fans should be more concerned with who will catch passes for your team. AR can’t throw and catch passes.
    ————-

    The #3 WR had more production than your #1 WR Charles Johnson last year. Elite QB’s make WR’s more than WR’s make elite QB’s. Just look at what Favre did with your scrub WR’s when you begged him to play for the Vikings. Then after he left….they went back to being the scrubs that they were.

    Not sure how Cobb was the Packers #3 WR.

    Last year it was #1 Nelson, #2 Cobb, #3 Adams.

    Now it is #1 Cobb, #2 Adams, #3 Jones/Montgomery.

    Sorry you don’t pay close enough attention to the team that drives you insane with jealousy.

  10. The packTerds are wishing they had a Jarius Wright right about now. MN has one of the best young and vet. wide WR core in the league ooh i love how scared the packer trolls are right now.
    —————–
    SKOLOLOLOLOL He wouldn’t unseat our #3 or #4 WR even with Nelson out. Although his production as the #5 WR for the Packers would undoubtedly go up with a legit NFL QB like Rodgers throwing him the ball rather than Bustwater.

  11. Wallace. Johnson. Wright on the outsides.

    AP lined up 7 yards deep.

    CP84 when they go 4 wide.

    Teddy has an embarrassment of riches with which to operate.
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    Wallace would be a great #3 WR with his one trick pony route. It’s too bad Patterson turned out to be such a bust. If he wasn’t, he could have taken the pressure of him so he could run the only route on the tree that he knows. Problem is that Patterson only knows that same route.

  12. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Sep 10, 2015 1:12 PM
    Very nice third receiver who is reliable and always has the potential to break a big play.

    ———-

    Third? Try second and potentially first if Charlie Johnson takes a step back. Which I hope he doesn’t!!! SKOL!

  13. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Sep 10, 2015 1:29 PM
    If Jarius Wright and Cordarrelle Patterson started a game together in the base offense, would they call it the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base?

    ———-

    that’s a good one! The part about Cordarrelle starting a game anyway…

  14. More talent than we know what to do with! We’re coming! Here we go! Get ready for it! I hope the SF field is in better shape for the superbowl than it is now. What destiny, start the season in San Fran, end the season in San Fran. How apropos.

  15. My fellow Packer fans-

    Please don’t stoop to the level of the average Vikings fan on here and spout a bunch of nonsense. Wright is a solid receiver and the money isn’t at all out of line. This was a good move on their part.

    It looks like Spielman may even have finally learned a little something from Ted Thompson. Signing Wallace shows that Spielman still has some learning to do, but the quote below shows that he’s at least catching on. The question now is, will he have the stones to see it through; will he stay out of free agency for the most part and will he be willing to make the really tough decisions like letting a guy go a year too early rather than a year too late.

    “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.”

  16. We shall see, Cody. Here’s a question for you… Since Jordy is out for the year, what will you say if/when Cobb puts up better numbers in every statistical category than any receiver on your Vikings?

  17. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Sep 10, 2015 1:29 PM
    If Jarius Wright and Cordarrelle Patterson started a game together in the base offense, would they call it the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base?

    ———-
    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 10, 2015 1:38 PM

    that’s a good one! The part about Cordarrelle starting a game anyway…

    ———-
    Both posts are funny.

  18. Amusing how some packer fan trolls spend more time trashing a rivals story than taking time to read their own teams stories. Wright will do fine, too bad Jordy wont do jack for you this season!!

  19. “Teddy has an embarrassment of riches with which to operate. ”

    Let’s see… in 2010 it was pick your poison between Peterson or Favre throwing to Harvin, Berrian, and Rice.
    In 2012 it was how can you stop Peterson plus Harvin, Simpson, Jenkins and Carlson.
    Further back, Moss and Carter were going to bring the Lombardi to the Land O’ Loons.
    Every few years we hear that nothing can stop the fearsome Norsemen.

    And yet something ALWAYS does.

  20. We shall see, Cody. Here’s a question for you… Since Jordy is out for the year, what will you say if/when Cobb puts up better numbers in every statistical category than any receiver on your Vikings?
    —————-
    If/When??? Come on now. Even he knows that Cobb will do that. He is at least coming off of a 1300 yard season which makes him 10x more proven than any of the stiffs on the Vikings where that would be an unattainable dream.

    There won’t even be a WR with over 1000 yards on the Vikings. Just like last year. And the year before that. And the year before that. And the year before that. And again….the year before that.

  21. “FYI, Spielman did not sign Wallace, he traded for him.”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I stand corrected. I guess I should have said “the acquisition of Wallace via means other than the draft.”

    The point remains, Wallace is pretty expensive and they seem to have had other (younger, less expensive) options already in their system.

    I’m all for the occasional dip into free agency or trades, but only if I think the guy is the one missing piece needed to make a deep playoff run; and I just don’t think that’s the case here.

    The Vikings are improving, but there are still a lot of question marks. I personally think Teddy is going to be an above average NFL QB but that remains to be seen.

  22. Hey I don’t see anything in the article about the Packers. A good versatile receiver is staying around. Great news for us Vikings fans!

    Skol!

  23. Packer fans still don’t get it. They don’t have great WRs, they have a great QB who throws them open.

  24. Good point. Not only did he accepted his ridiculously overpaid contract that the Dolphins were all too happy to dump….but he paid a draft pick for the privilege!
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    The pick was and additional 5th obtained for trading Matt Cassel and minimal risk in losing it.

    The Dolphins have already paid the signing bonus and guaranteed money is zero after this year.

    The difference between Cobb and Wallace for the next 3 years total is 5 million more for Wallace or 1.6 per year but Cobb has dead money on GB’s cap through 2018 plus a hefty 13 million salary in 2018 not figured in the above numbers.

  25. Now it is #1 Cobb, #2 Adams, #3 Jones/Montgomery.

    Sorry you don’t pay close enough attention to the team that drives you insane with jealousy.
    ———-
    Cobb has 1 arm. And you didn’t post what the numbers were for receivers 3-5 yet.

  26. I have to admit I know very little about this guy, but I am glad for him. It is always good when homegrown talent puts in the time and effort and gets rewarded. Good for him.

  27. It’s not Bobby Wade, Bernard Berrian, or Greg Jennings money but it does keep lock up a roster spot and lessens Spielman’s endless search for WR’s to upgrade the tepid passing game.

  28. Great for Wright.

    Viking WR’s don’t need to break 1k yards. Teddy spreads the ball around and he has 4-5 great targets with sure hands to throw to and a RB that can run for 2k+ yards.

    If your #1 has had twice as many yards as your #2 and #3 WR then defenses can adjust and shutdown your offense much easier.

    Anyone who’s seen Wright play knows that if it’s 3rd down and he’s the target, we’re more than likely getting a first down.

  29. Good extension. Wright is a heck of a player. I was worried that this might be his last year in MN.

  30. Viking WR’s don’t need to break 1k yards. Teddy spreads the ball around and he has 4-5 great targets with sure hands to throw to and a RB that can run for 2k+ yards.
    ———–
    SKOLOL Rodgers spreads the ball around more than any QB in the NFL, the production just happens to be higher for 2 WR’s because the overall production is much higher at the QB position.

    Bridgewater throws it to whoever his first read is.

  31. deltaoracle says:
    Sep 10, 2015 2:26 PM

    “Teddy has an embarrassment of riches with which to operate. ”

    Let’s see… in 2010 it was pick your poison between Peterson or Favre throwing to Harvin, Berrian, and Rice.
    In 2012 it was how can you stop Peterson plus Harvin, Simpson, Jenkins and Carlson.
    Further back, Moss and Carter were going to bring the Lombardi to the Land O’ Loons.
    Every few years we hear that nothing can stop the fearsome Norsemen.
    ———–
    The Vikings have had two OT losses in the NFCCG with the likes of those names above. While it wasn’t a SB, it’s not like they went 6-10 or something. Your examples are pretty poor.

  32. ejmat2 says:
    Sep 10, 2015 2:09 PM
    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Sep 10, 2015 1:29 PM
    If Jarius Wright and Cordarrelle Patterson started a game together in the base offense, would they call it the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base?

    ———-
    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 10, 2015 1:38 PM

    that’s a good one! The part about Cordarrelle starting a game anyway…

    ———-
    Both posts are funny.

    =========

    AGREE! Why can’t the rest of us Vike/Packer fans get along like these two!

  33. 4 SB Losses & 0 Championships ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ says:
    Sep 10, 2015 3:59 PM

    Bridgewater throws it to whoever his first read is.
    —————–
    Nope

  34. ———–
    The Vikings have had two OT losses in the NFCCG with the likes of those names above. While it wasn’t a SB, it’s not like they went 6-10 or something. Your examples are pretty poor.

    No, they’re excellent examples of years when Viking fans thought their team would win it all – and were wrong.
    But you’ve got – what? – 52 other years you can pick from where they didn’t get it done if you prefer.

  35. 4 SB Losses & 0 Championships ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ says:
    Sep 10, 2015 4:27 PM

    Nope
    ———–
    Yep. I live in MN, so I see almost all of the Queen games. He rarely makes it past his 1st progression before he starts getting happy feet and will usually throw it to the first read.
    ———–

    You’re either lying or you simply don’t know what you’re looking for. Anyone who’s seen TeddyB play has seen him go through his reads on every play! The bomb to Wallace (40 yards for those Packer fans who don’t believe he can throw it down field, and it was thrown perfectly) was an audible Teddy called AFTER HE READ THE DEFENSE.

    Teddy played less than one game in the preseason and hit 11 different receivers (85% completion as well). Anyone with eyes can see he’s got the “it” factor.

  36. The bomb to Wallace (40 yards for those Packer fans who don’t believe he can throw it down field, and it was thrown perfectly) was an audible Teddy called AFTER HE READ THE DEFENSE.
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    Apparently you don’t know the difference between a play audible and going through progressions beyond your first read as a QB. If he audibled and then threw the ball down field to Wallace, then Wallace was in fact his first read on that play. SKOLOL

    PS. I just watched the play on NFL.com and he didn’t audible. Wallace was his 1st read the entire play though.

    Any noodle arm can throw rainbows down the sideline to WR’s. Even Ponder could do that. Where you really notice the lack of arm strength is on out routes and non-hail mary type rainbow passes with little arc.

  37. conormacleod says:
    Sep 10, 2015 2:57 PM
    Now it is #1 Cobb, #2 Adams, #3 Jones/Montgomery.

    Sorry you don’t pay close enough attention to the team that drives you insane with jealousy.
    ——————————————————————-

    I saw an unbelievable amount of incorrect facts posted by Packer fans on this thread, but this kinda summed up the general intelligence of said group.

    So he’s driven INSANE with jealousy while simultaneously not paying close attention. No contradiction there at all.

  38. 4 SB Losses & 0 Championships ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ says:
    Sep 10, 2015 5:10 PM
    The bomb to Wallace (40 yards for those Packer fans who don’t believe he can throw it down field, and it was thrown perfectly) was an audible Teddy called AFTER HE READ THE DEFENSE.
    ————–
    Apparently you don’t know the difference between a play audible and going through progressions beyond your first read as a QB. If he audibled and then threw the ball down field to Wallace, then Wallace was in fact his first read on that play. SKOLOL

    PS. I just watched the play on NFL.com and he didn’t audible. Wallace was his 1st read the entire play though.

    Any noodle arm can throw rainbows down the sideline to WR’s. Even Ponder could do that. Where you really notice the lack of arm strength is on out routes and non-hail mary type rainbow passes with little arc.

    ——————————————————————

    Oh wow you are more knowledgeable than the game announcers who said on national tv for everyone to hear that it was an audible.

    He DID read the defense (the point being made which you didn’t address at all) and it WAS an audible. So you think you’re more knowledgeable than paid professionals. That’s unbelievably arrogant, and makes your ignorance stick out like a sore thumb (and is about as pleasant).

  39. Apparently you don’t know that the point is that he’s diagnosing defenses at the line and changing plays. He’s showing a high football IQ and veteran savvy. And yes it was an audible, I think i’ll take the word of the analysts, play callers, players and play announcers over yours.

    If any noodle arm can throw 40 yard passes perfectly down field and complete 85% of his passes and hit 11 different receivers, with zero interceptions and push the offenses down the field, then that noodle arm is a top caliber QB regardless of how noodle-like his arm may or may not be.

    If he had the problems you’re suggesting then he’d have been picked off or have missed on more than 15% of his passes.

  40. At least this Viking WR didn’t have bricks of pot sent to his house via Federal Express, so he has that much going for him. Its also good to see that you don’t have to beat a 4 year old to get a raise in Minnesota.

  41. At least this Viking WR didn’t have bricks of pot sent to his house via Federal Express, so he has that much going for him.
    ——
    Ummm……your player is currently suspended for driving with drugs, a gun, and $200,000 cash. But keep talking Chachi…

  42. Nope
    ———–
    Yep. I live in MN, so I see almost all of the Queen games. He rarely makes it past his 1st progression before he starts getting happy feet and will usually throw it to the first read.
    —-
    Well, since you see some of the games, you certainly must know all of the Vikings play calls, and therefore know who Teddys first read is when they break the huddle. Certainly can’t argue with the genius of that logic!!

  43. Very good to hear. Jarius Wright not only is a talented player. But he is a hard working player that stays out of trouble. Every team can use those type players on the roster.

  44. Packers are 9-1-1 against the Vikings this decade, and Viking fans think the 2 teams are rivals. Comical.

  45. Nice to see Tokyo added a few new names Honeotwnzero & 4 losses … Not that it added to his content. He still adds nothing but noise. Trolls like him still haven’t figured out that although the Vikings haven’t won a SB. That does not mean they do not have any championships. It would be impossible to play in a SB,. Did the NFL give them a bye to the super bowl so they didn’t have to win a championship? Of course not they won a championship to get to the SB like every other team has. It is like they can’t comprehend the Minnesota Vikings were the 1969 NFL champs. They idiotically say they Chiefs were. Actually impossible again since the Chiefs were not in the NFL in 1969.

  46. Man “4 Super Bowl losses guy” for someone who hates the Vikings you sure do know a lot about them. it looks to me like you need to get a job or a girl or just simply get out of your mothers basement and get some fresh air. stop worrying about the Vikings.

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