Vikings have had preliminary contract negotiations with Justin Jefferson

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Receiver Justin Jefferson has made the Pro Bowl all three seasons since the Vikings drafted him in the first round. He made All-Pro this season and is among the favorites for offensive player of the year.

Jefferson also now is eligible for a (BIG) contract extension.

Vikings General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah said Wednesday the team has started contract negotiations with Jefferson.

“I wouldn’t use the word challenge,” Adofo-Mensah said, via NFL Media. “You got a special player, a special person. Those aren’t problems, or at least those are ‘champagne problems.’ We’ll start there.

“Yeah, we’ve had initial dialogue with him, his agent, all those things. We can factor that into the planning, but again it really starts from the player, the person, and we’ll work out solutions from there on.”

Jefferson is under contract for 2023 for $2.399 million, and the Vikings will pick up his fifth-year option for 2024 this spring. Both sides likely would prefer to do a deal sooner than later.

Jefferson, the league’s best receiver in 2022, will become the league’s highest-paid receiver when he gets an extension.

Dolphins receiver Tyreek Hill currently is the league’s highest-paid at the position, having signed a four-year, $120 million extension in March that includes $72.2 million guaranteed.

50 responses to “Vikings have had preliminary contract negotiations with Justin Jefferson

  1. I am sure they will work out a deal. But man, I can’t wait to see how creative they are going to have to get considering the cap situation.

  2. JJ is a great player and a good guy. He deserves whatever he can get in salary. (I have no sympathy for owners when it comes to contract negotiations.)

  3. Jefferson was a ghost in the wild card game when it counted against the Giants. He’ll get paid, but $30M a year???

  4. And where is Tyreek on that big contract? And Davante Adams? And Cooper Kupp? Dhopp?

    Those were the top 4 in 2022. All on the couch. I like JJ but I like defense and QB’s, an Oline more.

  5. Yeah, $30M/year. Maybe a little less on average if you count 2023, given that he’s under contract for $2.4M already. He’s worth it. Pay the man. Do whatever it takes to get there. Cut Jalen Reagor if you have to.

  6. JJ’s amazing and worth the contract, I’d give him 7 years between 210-240m fully guaranteed and then you have him locked down for his prime years. There is about 70m in cap space you can create with bad contracts on the defensive side of the ball(and goodbye to Thielen and Cook) so there will be no issue getting this done. Take the rest of the cap space and add at least a premium RG, hire a new D-coordinator and go from 31st in defense to even 16th and this team will continue to win a LOT of games. Love it.

  7. Almost extend early. Will be a bargain tomorrow. Don’t end up like the Ravens.

  8. Yes please pay him so the Vikings are handcuffed w him and Kirk

    Signed NFC North fans

  9. I’m too lazy to do my own research, so can someone tell me the last time the highest paid wide receiver led his team to a Super Bowl and won?

  10. Mark my words, he’ll get a huge, back-breaking contract and turn into Mr. Average. The guy is such a diva.

  11. Smart move is to trade him…someone will pay an obscene amount for a WR (there is a sucker born every offseason). He’s a fabulous player but they have too many holes….

  12. Through 3 full seasons this guy has the same number of career post season TD receptions as Trent Dilfer.

    Zero.

  13. No-brainer to get this done as early as possible. Every elite WR contract that comes after his will be higher so it will quickly become a bargain. Kirk won’t be around for too much longer so it will be easy to afford this contract with a rookie-scale QB contract. If it turns out you don’t like paying that much for a WR, you can trade him for a huge haul because someone else will be happy to.

  14. Justin Jefferson is 100% worthy of the large extension.
    He’s obviously the only real discernible talent on that entire team. (Even if he does tend to disappear in big games.)
    And he provides the alternative bonus of being virtually impervious to Unsportsmanlike Conduct Penalties and ejections.
    Pay The Man!!! 😎

  15. Don’t do it dude, you will have a better chance on the Lions or San Fran or Eagles! To name a few…

  16. whoatherebuddy says:
    January 18, 2023 at 5:55 pm

    Yes please pay him so the Vikings are handcuffed w him and Kirk

    Signed NFC North fans

    \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

    Took the words right out of my mouth (keyboard.)

  17. Jefferson’s agent will be looking for more money than Hill or Adams got.
    If he signs,… it’ll be something like 4 years $130 mil,.. $80 mil guaranteed. If he doesn’t and they tag him after the option year,.. he’ll be looking to be traded. No different than what happened with Diggs.

  18. upnorthvikesfan says:
    January 18, 2023 at 5:18 pm
    I am sure they will work out a deal. But man, I can’t wait to see how creative they are going to have to get considering the cap situation.
    ————————————————————————————————————-
    There’s no mystery here: extend cousins for one additional year, cut Cook, Harry Smith, Kendricks and Thielen (he and his wife are already making it clear they think he’s still a top 10 receiver), re-sign Bradbury and Mattison, and take a shot at drafting a mid-round QB. Then hope that Cine and Booth are healthy and able to step in quickly.

  19. Minnesota can control him for 2 more years at bargain rates (about $23 million).
    Before thinking about utilizing the franchise tag.

    I get there is value in signing a player before others keep setting the market higher.

    But no top-flight WR is going to stay quiet and play on a contract they feel is well below their worth, so that benefit seems illusory in this case.

    Vikings should just ride it out and see what comes next mid-season.

  20. can someone tell me the last time the highest paid wide receiver led his team to a Super Bowl and won?
    ———————————————
    It might have been Hines Ward,… Steelers won SB XL 2006 against the Seahawks. Ward was making $7 mil. That was huge for that period.

  21. Ignore the trolls coming out of the woodwork to trash JJ. They’d all want him on their team as the highest paid WR ever.

    Sign him now – before he goes JJ2K next year. Skol!

  22. Nice to see all the Packer fans making their mouths go, how did it work out for you when you let Davante walk out the door?

  23. Don’t do anything, pick up 5th year option & franchise him for a year then he goes to some other team at outrageous money (take your comp 3rd) & you draft a WR in 1st or 2nd round & start process all over again…. Simple

  24. The Vikings have to re-sign him, no matter how expensive it is. Their entire offense runs through him. When the Packers and Giants shut him down, the entire Vikings offense stalled. Get it done Kwesi.

  25. The caps gonna skyrocket when the new TV dough kicks in, so his contract won’t be a huge hinderance, a fact that will benefit all teams. He single handedly won a bunch of games, but is gonna have to get used to being double covered like in the Green Bay and NY games (if anyone thought Alexander shut him down, they must not have been paying attention to the safety over the top and the LB shaded his way), but they’ll figure it out just fine.

  26. If I was Jefferson, id ask for a favored nations clause. You know damn well he will tell Chase to ask for even more and itll give JJ another good bump in pay.

  27. Remember when Jefferson said he was happier that Minnesota drafted him as opposed to the eagles? Then the eagles were the first to expose the luckiest team in the league in week 2. How’s that comment aging, Justin?

  28. @Tony Awesome, the last case of that was Randy Moss with the Patriots & TO with the eagles BUT they both lost the Super Bowl, however, TO kept the eagles in that game on a broken leg

  29. O’Connell will waste him with one and done’s for the several seasons and the Wilf’s will be fine with it as long as the ticket gate remains profitable. Don’t worry Viking’s fan… you always have “Next Season.”

  30. Be careful what you ask for. If he’s going to be making QB money by touching the ball 10% of the time, look out. I was in favor of letting Adams walk in GB just for that reason. The college ranks put out athletic WRs more than any other position. Dime a dozen. No way any WR should command more than a top edge, CB, LT, and that’s what he’d be doing.

    As a Packers fan, I hope MN pays him. Then we’ll see who they have to cut and which veterans realize JJ is more important than they are and shop their services elsewhere.

  31. If Jefferson disappears in big games, that is on the coach and the qb and not Jefferson. Scheme your offense to throw Jefferson the ball. Whatever the result, it is better than a 3 yard check down on 4th and 8.

  32. Thielen, Kendricks, Hicks, Cook will all be cut. Cook, potentially traded for a late round pick but don’t count on it as a 28 year old back. I think they bring Smith back and kick some money down the road, and extend Hunter. This is all for cap reasons. Sign Jefferson in a way that doesn’t start banging against the cap until Cousins plays out the final year of his contract. (2023)

  33. mackcarrington says:
    January 18, 2023 at 5:56 pm
    I’m too lazy to do my own research, so can someone tell me the last time the highest paid wide receiver led his team to a Super Bowl and won?

    =========================
    ==========================

    I’m sure Kupp, Evans and Hill were all amongst the Highest paid if not number 1. But that’s still a ridiculous statement. Aaron Donald was the highest paid D.Tackle but that does not mean you have to pay a mediocre tackle in order to win. Pay your great players andfind value where you can. That’s how you win in this league.

  34. I dont feel bad for owners, blah, blah, blah… Just say you don’t understand the salary cap and how market setting contracts force a team to cut talent elsewhere on a roster.

  35. Meanwhile Kirk will be ducking and covering up behind an OLine that includes several life-sized cardboard figures.

  36. scottishvike says:

    Nice to see all the Packer fans making their mouths go, how did it work out for you when you let Davante walk out the door?
    ++++++
    We won 8 games. Just like JJ’s first two seasons.

    Keep him and pay him 12 times what you do now (if you like). Average exciting football is better than average boring football.

  37. Don’t listen to the naysayers, sign Justin Jefferson to a long term extension this offseason.

    The way the receivers market is going, they’ll save themselves a ton of money in the long run.
    They simply have to get him locked up, quite honestly, this is a 3 win team without him.

    Want proof? A very average Packer team literally curb stomped the Vikings simply by removing Jefferson from the fold.
    Pay The Man! 😉

  38. To those of you questioning the Vikings current salary cap, it’s very easy:

    Kendricks, thielan, Harry smith, cam dantzler (probably), maybe Z smith, wonnum, dalvin cook, and CJ ham are all going to be released, saving near $50 million in cap space. Most of their replacements are already on the roster with the exception of Z smith (who could stay).

    Most of these guys are long time stables of the franchise but it’s time to move on because they’ve all lost significant athletic ability.

    Cap situation solved.

  39. Do the right thing, Minnesota! LOCK! HIM! UP! He’s the best receiver in the league (and it’s not even close) playing with the best deep-ball thrower in the game today! Keep these two together and they will bring MULTIPLE championships to this team! SKOL!!!

  40. scottishvike says:
    January 18, 2023 at 6:42 pm
    Nice to see all the Packer fans making their mouths go, how did it work out for you when you let Davante walk out the door?

    —————-

    Probably for the best. Not only did Adams want money but he already made up his mind to play with Carr. Packs went out and drafted some WRs. Didn’t fare well right away but Watson is coming along great. Same as Adams in his first few years. Everyone was calling for him to be cut because he had rocks for hands.

  41. Hilarious all the morons who say he disappears in big games. Uh do you guys realize that the QB has to throw receiver the ball for them to have an impact? Fetal kirky boy gets scared of double coverage and doesn’t trust his arm..

  42. “Smart move is to trade him…someone will pay an obscene amount for a WR (there is a sucker born every offseason). He’s a fabulous player but they have too many holes….”

    File this under “Trade Garnett, move Randy Moss and Joe Mauer is why the Twins can’t win”.

    Was this post by Brian Gutekunst?

  43. mikecrabtreeschain says:

    January 18, 2023 at 5:55 pm

    Almost extend early. Will be a bargain tomorrow. Don’t end up like the Ravens
    —————
    That’s not really accurate any longer. Yes when you extend someone early in theory it means you get him cheaper for the life of his contract, in actuality though when that contract becomes a bargain for the team the player almost always asks for and either gets a raise or a trade keeping their contract at the top of the market. So yes in theory extending early is a bargain, unreality it just means your paying him more early and potentially end up with goodwill🤷‍♂️

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