Justin Jefferson contract: How does Vikings WR extension compare to top salaries for non-QB positions? : NFL: Sports World News

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – Justin Jefferson (#18) of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates after scoring a touchdown while defended by Kindle Vildor (#29) of the Detroit Lions during the third quarter at Ford Field on January 7, 2024 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo: Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

Justin Jefferson and the Minnesota Vikings have entered the record books. The wide receiver became the highest-paid non-quarterback in the league after reaching a new deal.

The 2022 Offensive Player of the Year agreed to a four-year, $140 million extension with $110 million guaranteed. He will also receive more than $88 million upon signing.

The Vikings locked up Jefferson, who is still in the final year of his rookie deal, by breaking the bank for him.

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The team even tried to offer him a huge deal before the start of last season.

Such a move isn’t surprising, as the former LSU standout just racked up the most receiving yards in league history in his first four seasons.

Last year he missed seven games but still reached 1,000 receiving yards.

“Justin has consistently proven to be one of the best players in the NFL, both on and off the field, and we are excited to have him as a cornerstone of our team for a long time to come,” said general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah in a statement. rack.

“He is the living embodiment of our culture with his joyful dedication to the process and our goals.”

For his part, Jefferson feels more motivated to do more for his team.

Jefferson will earn approximately $35 million annually under the new contract.

He is now the highest-earning non-quarterback player, surpassing Nick Bosa of the San Francisco 49ers by $34 million from his extension last season.

Fifteen QBs will make more than him next season.

The highest salary of a quarterback is held by his former LSU teammate Joe Burrow, who makes $55 million per season.

Are wide receivers the second-highest paid position in the league?

These are the highest paid players from other positions:

1. Defensive End/Edge Rusher

The highest-paid DE award goes to Bosa, who signed a five-year, $170 million contract extension that includes $122.5 million guaranteed last season.

The deal made him the highest-paid DE not just last year, but throughout NFL history.

2. Defensive equipment

Chris Jones of the Kansas City Chiefs earns $31.7 million annually, the richest of any defensive tackle.

3. Offensive Linebacker

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ Josh Allen is the highest-paid offensive linebacker entering the new season.

4. Offensive lineman

Penei Sewell of last season’s breakout team, the Detroit Lions, makes $28 million annually.

5. Safety

Antoine Winfield, Jr. anchors the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense for a salary of $21.03 million.

6. Linebacker:

Roquan Smith of the Baltimore Ravens stands out above all the linebackers with his $20 million in earnings for 2024.

7. Tight end

Travis Kelce is a household name who is struggling as he makes $17.1 million as one of the starting guys for the Kansas City Chiefs.

8. Running back

It’s only fitting that MVP candidate Christian McCaffrey of the San Francisco 49ers gets the nod and is the highest-paid player at his position at $16 million.


Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens and Jake Elliott of the Philadelphia Eagles are tied at $6 million.

10. Fullback

The 49ers have another entry on this list. Kyle Juszczyk, who earned $4.6 million in 2024, is the highest-earning fullback.

11. Punter

Seattle Seahawks Michael Dickson – $3.68 million.

12. Long snapper

Luke Rhodes from Indianapolis Colts – $1.62 million.

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