The Minnesota Vikings traded for tight end TJ Hockenson midseason last year and it worked out well. The former top-ten pick fit into the offense seamlessly and quickly became a favorite target of Kirk Cousins. Minnesota was excited to see what he could do with a full offseason. It seems they may have to wait as Hockenson is looking for an extension and seems to have some delusional contract demands.
Minnesota Vikings TJ Hockenson Looking For Historic Deal
The tight end is in the final year of a four-year, $19.82 million deal. At age 26, this is the time for his next big contract and he wants it to be historic. According to sources, Hockenson wants to reset the market. What would that look like? The highest-paid tight end is Darren Waller with an annual average salary of $17 million. Hockenson wants to break which means he most likely is trying to get a four-year deal worth somewhere around $80 million. Does he deserve this or would this be an overpay for the Minnesota franchise?
By The Numbers
Hockenson has been very productive in his career. He has 246 receptions for 2,587 yards and 18 touchdowns in his career. However, it hasn’t been all good. The tight end has dealt with various injuries including an ear infection and back stiffness. Missing nine games in three and a half seasons matters. He also has had an issue with drops. In 2020, he had a 9.5 percent drop rate, which was the sixth highest in the league. The Vikings most likely want to see a full season of Hockenson before they commit big money to him.
Will the Minnesota Vikings and TJ Hockenson come to an agreement? Reports indicate the sides are far apart so it seems unlikely. The best thing that Hockenson can do is play an entire season and dominate. He should have no trouble finding a big contract then.