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Report: Vikings sign new, huge contract with Justin Jefferson

The Minnesota Vikings and Justin Jefferson agreed to a contract extension on Monday that makes him the highest-paid wide receiver and non-quarterback in NFL history.

According to ESPN, which announced the deal, the contract is for four years and worth $140 million, with $110 million guaranteed. Jefferson will also receive a signing bonus of $88.743 million, the highest for a non-quarterback in league history.

Since the Vikings selected Jefferson 22nd overall in the 2020 draft, the former LSU Tiger has emerged as one of the NFL's best receivers. He finished second in the 2020 Offensive Rookie of the Year voting after rushing for 1,400 yards in his freshman season. The following season, Jefferson scored 10 touchdowns and caught 108 passes for 1,616 yards.

Jefferson, 24, cemented his status in 2022 by leading the league with 1,809 receiving yards and 128 catches. He averaged 106.1 receiving yards per game and was named Offensive Player of the Year, in addition to being named to the All-Pro first team. He has scored 30 touchdowns in his career and has appeared in three Pro Bowls.

Jefferson missed seven games last year due to a hamstring strain, but still surpassed 1,000 yards.

The Vikings are entering a new era at quarterback after Jefferson was on the other end of Kirk Cousins' downward spiral for the first half of his career. Cousins ​​left the team as a free agent and Minnesota drafted JJ McCarthy with the 10th pick.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Justin Jefferson contract details: Vikings sign WR to mega deal; report