Jefferson was drafted late in the first round by the Vikings in the 2020 NFL draft, and he immediately became an impact player for Minnesota. Re-signing Jefferson means keeping a player onboard who could be the face of the franchise for years to come.
Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson feels he’s done a lot for the organization
Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson said he’s being patient with the organization, but that he feels like he shouldn’t have to prove himself with how much he’s done for them. In an article from Pro Football Talk, Jefferson explains how it “gets frustrating.”
“I’m not sure what you’ve got to do, I’m not sure how much you’ve got to put up [to get the contract],” Jefferson said, “but, I mean, I will always continue to be myself. I will always continue to play the game the way I know how to play it and I will always give my all out there on that field. I know the money is going to come. I know the contract is going to come. I’m just gonna be waiting patiently.”
“You know, it kind of gets frustrating at some point in time of course, just what all I have done for the organization,” Jefferson said. “I’m still early in my contract, my rookie contract, but no one has done what I’ve done before. I’m just excited to just be a part of their organization and hopefully they feel that I’m valuable enough to give me, it doesn’t matter the amount of zeros, but I just want to play football and want to be a part of the organization that, you know, values me and wants me there.”
Jefferson is prepared to re-sign with the Vikings and stay in Minnesota, but he is looking for the contract he deserves and it is clear he will have no issue moving on if that’s something he feels he has to do.
Jefferson is a generational player, but NFL insider Dan Orlovsky says that the Vikings won’t have enough money to keep him and quarterback Kirk Cousins on the same team.
“The Vikings aren’t gonna be able to afford Justin Jefferson at a high number and Kirk Cousins..
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) February 8, 2024
One thing the Vikings could plausibly attempt is a trading of Justin Jefferson to put them in a position to draft a franchise QB and start a complete rebuild.
Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson has been in a league of his own since joining the NFL
Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson has proven to be a player that a franchise can build around. He broke the NFL record for most receiving yards in the first four seasons of a career with 5,899 yards receiving.
Jefferson sat out a large portion of this season with a hamstring injury, yet he still managed to accrue over 1,000 yards receiving to continue the streak of having over 1,000 yards receiving in every year of his career.
Jefferson was just under 200 yards away from achieving the 2,000-yard receiving mark in 2022. He has 30 career touchdowns on just under 400 receptions with the Vikings. His ability to make catches in traffic can be game-changing, like the catch he made in a playoff-like regular season matchup against the Buffalo Bills.
Vikings Play of the Day # 27:
November 13th, 2022
WR Justin Jefferson makes a spectacular one handed catch while falling to the ground to convert on 4th & 18 against the Bills. The catch was immediately trending as a contender for the greatest of all time.
— Jason (@_jason_777) June 13, 2023
Jefferson’s injury this season may be cause for concern about the future. The previous record holder for most receiving yards in the first four seasons of a career was New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas, who has not been able to fulfill his role as a franchise receiver due to injuries. Jefferson’s missed time this season was the first injury trouble he found himself in throughout his four-year career.