Justin Jefferson on extension: If they want me here, I’m here

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Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson‘s third NFL season ended with Sunday’s 31-24 loss to the Giants and turning to the offseason means questions about his contract.

The 2020 first-round pick is able to sign a long-term deal before his fourth season and he indicated that he’s ready to talk about an extension if the Vikings are willing to do the same.

“I mean, I will be wherever I’m wanted. If they want me here, I’m here. That’s not something that I can really control,” Jefferson said, via Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com.

It’s safe to assume that the Vikings are going to want Jefferson around for a long time. The question will be how negotiations unfold now that Jefferson is eligible to sign a long-term deal because Jefferson will be in line for a massive deal after establishing himself as one of the best players in the league over his first three seasons.

56 responses to “Justin Jefferson on extension: If they want me here, I’m here

  1. JJ is but one cog in the wheel. An important one, but a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Can’t break the bank for a WR.

  2. We’ll take ya on the Raiders! We are experts in over paying and selling the farm for WRs and not having a QB.

  3. Welcome to cap hell, for a WR that struggles with double teams. After Kurt is gone, no more garbage time stats.

  4. The question isn’t if the Vikings want Jefferson, the question is if Kirk Cousins wants to stay with the Vikings. With Jefferson’s new contract, there’s no way Kirk can have one of his short-term guaranteed deals. Thanks for the 13 wins, Kirk, but it’s all meaningless if you can’t even get one playoff win. Time to start working with the team so they can afford other players.

  5. Who are the top receivers in the league? Cooper Kupp, Davonte Adams, JJ, Tyreek?

    All are now sitting at home. You need proficiency at receiver, but not greatness. Don’t go into cap hell for highlight reels.

  6. Last three games…..Packers shut him down, Bears shut him down, Giants shut him down.

  7. J.J. is a good, humble kid. I have it on good authority from Vikings fans that he won’t be asking for a top market contract, but will, in fact, consider a reduction from his current pay because all he cares about is the team.

  8. With the cap going up another $10 million or so he should easily get around $30 million a year with around $100 million fully guaranteed, which is a no brainer. The issue with the Vikes, like so many other highly paid QB’s that can’t win when it actually matters, do they really want to continue with Cousins or let him go and roll the dice on a drafting a QB and building a team around him before they have to pay him.

  9. He doesn’t sound too enthusiastic about staying in Minnesota and being doomed to never hoist a Lombardi Trophy.

  10. Cousins is good enough to keep his job, but not good enough to beat good teams in the playoffs. In a way the worst kind of QB.

  11. He’ll sign, no problem. In this offense, this coach and QB, he excelled. It’s a passing league and WRs are the currency. When the TV contracts hit the cap won’t be an issue. Anyone that looks at the last 3 games for stats is howling into the wind: versus the Pack the Vikes lost two starting O-linemen and he wore the wrong cleats, he played only 2 quarters of the dang Bears game, and yesterday he created opportunities for other receivers to accumulate approx 300 yds passing. The Vikes won 13 games because of this guy — you’d think Pack fans whose team finished 3rd in the NFCN would appreciate how things go south when you lose a top 5 WR.

  12. Jefferson has proven to be a top 5 receiver. The vikings would be wise to extend him now because once other receivers start getting overpaid in free agency his price tag will only go up

  13. vikingforlife says:
    January 16, 2023 at 4:13 pm
    What time do the Packers play on Sunday?

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    They are actually on for a special NFL Network produces covering past SB winners. Sadly the Vikings are nowhere to be found

  14. The NFCN would be better off without Cousins and Rodgers. Both really good at shooting their mouths off and more focused on stoking their own egos. Time to bring in some new blood.

  15. Hope they give him a record breaking deal! 400 million for 6 year! Then they won’t be able to sign anyone else!

  16. What time do the Packers play on Sunday?

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    The same time the Vikings do!

  17. Vikings better turn to defense, Cousins is a costly mistake. Will never win anything. Too old to be throwing a three yard pass on the last play of your season. Frankly the outrage should be triple what it is, but the Vikings fans are only fans when the team does well. Same with the Twins. If this happened in NY, San Fran, KC, Philly, there would be weeks and months of killing that guy and the coaching staff. But in MN today all is well. There’s always next year. JJ can’t possibly want to stay there if he wants to win.

  18. Yes, teams have figured out how to neutralize him somewhat with double teams, but that has to be a reason Osborn and Hockenson were so wide open, and maybe the reason Thielen got a few catches (who appears to be on the backside of his career).

  19. He’s a good receiver but it’s getting old watching him pout on the sideline when the opposing team shuts him down.

  20. Cousins salary for 2023 is $30M while Rodgers is $59M for 2023 and $40M in 2024. If you pick up Love’s 5th yr option he gets $20M. But go ahead packer fan get on here and talk about Cousins and JJ contracts.

  21. I’ve kept up with the Vikes a long time. Only draft pick I remember as good was Randy. I can’t remember if they drafted Doleman. Randle was undrafted I think. They gotta keep him or get a ton for him.

  22. whoatherebuddy says:
    January 16, 2023 at 4:07 pm
    Seems that he, like Kurt, folds like a lawn chair when it comes to big games

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    How exactly is a wr suppose to contribute if his qb has folded like a lawn chair?

  23. philmccracken says:
    January 16, 2023 at 6:41 pm
    I like WRs who don’t disappear in big games.

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    Hopefully for you GB will play in a big game next year so you can find out if you like any of your wrs

  24. vikingforlife says:
    January 16, 2023 at 4:13 pm
    What time do the Packers play on Sunday?
    Same time as the Vikings

  25. vikingprideforever says:
    January 16, 2023 at 9:10 pm
    philmccracken says:
    January 16, 2023 at 6:41 pm
    I like WRs who don’t disappear in big games.

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    Hopefully for you GB will play in a big game next year so you can find out if you like any of your wrs
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    Green Bay WRs only know playing for a losing team.

  26. and yesterday he created opportunities for other receivers to accumulate approx 300 yds passing.
    ++++++
    I’m sure the other players love you giving JJ 100% of the credit for their production (226 yards btw). So that’s a bonus.

  27. cheeseisfattening says:

    Green Bay WRs only know playing for a losing team.
    ++++++
    And they have as many playoff victories as JJ! How equal.

  28. All kidding aside JJ said “It is what it is” 4 times during a six minute post-game conference.

    That Viking D best get better in hurry and/or give JJ the ball on the crucial plays. Diva wideouts aren’t known for their patience.

  29. There are 8 teams still live in the playoffs. None of them have Justin Jefferson on the roster. Lots of tough choices for the Vikes this offseason…The real question is: Does Kirk want to win or just get paid? Best season he’s had in his career as a leader. He needs to restructure and play for less if he wants to win here. Yes, the defense lost the game against the Giants, but Kirk threw that check down on 4th and season to go. Inexcusable. die with your boots on. Show your team you are here to win. If thats not the case, Trade JJ for a kings ransom of picks, and start rebuilding.

  30. He, like everyone else from these parts wants a game-maker at quarterback, not a game-manager. The Vikings have a very well-compensated game-manager under-center and one of the best. It’s not enough, anymore. Every team wants a difference-making quarterback that can positively influence the outcome when the best go-to player is shut down. That’s not Cousins (or Rodgers for that matter either, anymore.)

  31. packer fans & sports writers giving Jaire all the credit for shutting down Jefferson when 3 guys were on him often is nuts. He mouthed off so he gets the credit is that how it works? Nonsense.
    Everyone is gong to take him out of the game, not allow Jj to beat them. The Vikings offense needs to adjust now and so far they haven’t been able to do it.

  32. joshcomputername says:
    January 16, 2023 at 7:19 pm

    I’ve kept up with the Vikes a long time. Only draft pick I remember as good was Randy. I can’t remember if they drafted Doleman. Randle was undrafted I think. They gotta keep him or get a ton for him.
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    So you’ve been keeping real close tabs on the Vikings for a long time but you can’t remember more than one good draft pick? Yes, they drafted Doleman and yes, John Randle was a UDFA. Since they drafted Doleman in 1985, some other players besides Moss they drafted who some might consider “good” were Henry Thomas, Randall McDaniel, Terry Allen, Jake Reed, Ed McDaniel, Brad Johnson, Robert Smith, Todd Steussie, Matt Birk, Daunte Culpepper, Kevin Williams, Chad Greenway, Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin, Everson Griffen, Kyle Rudolph, Harrison Smith, Xavier Rhodes, Anthony Barr, Eric Kendricks, Danielle Hunter, Stefon Diggs, Dalvin Cook, Brian O’Neill, Christian Darrisaw…and oh, Justin Jefferson.

  33. stellarperformance says:
    January 17, 2023 at 11:06 am
    He, like everyone else from these parts wants a game-maker at quarterback, not a game-manager. The Vikings have a very well-compensated game-manager under-center and one of the best. It’s not enough, anymore. Every team wants a difference-making quarterback that can positively influence the outcome when the best go-to player is shut down. That’s not Cousins (or Rodgers for that matter either, anymore.)

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    Spot on my friend.

  34. fmc651 says:
    January 17, 2023 at 2:30 pm
    packer fans & sports writers giving Jaire all the credit for shutting down Jefferson when 3 guys were on him often is nuts. He mouthed off so he gets the credit is that how it works? Nonsense.
    Everyone is gong to take him out of the game, not allow Jj to beat them. The Vikings offense needs to adjust now and so far they haven’t been able to do it.
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    Are you saying that while JJ was occupying three defenders at a time, Kirk Cousins’s couldn’t capitalize on that with guys like TJ Hockenson, Dalvin Cook, and Adam Thielen at his disposal and threw only 1 TD pass and 3 INT? That’s an indictment of Cousins more than a burn on Alexander.

  35. johnnylarue says:
    January 17, 2023 at 11:24 pm ////////////////////

    Yeah johnny the packers at times had as many as 3 DB’s on JJ. If you watched the game or followed your team you would know this. Most of the time they doubled him that is why Jaire was right up on him jamming JJ. If he didn’t have help he would be doing that. Also Kirk had JJ for a TD but missed him. Jaire was 5 yards away point towards JJ for someone no where to be found to cover him.

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