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Report: Justin Jefferson signs record-breaking contract extension with the Vikings

Justin Jefferson signs record-breaking contract extension with Vikings: Report originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Justin Jefferson has already set records on the field in his young NFL career and is now breaking records with his salary as well.

The star wide receiver has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $140 million contract extension with the Minnesota Vikings, with $110 million guaranteed. The deal makes him the highest-paid non-quarterback in NFL history based on annual salary.

Jefferson shared the news of his contract extension on Instagram, calling it “the deal I've been waiting for since I was a little boy.”

“I would not be in this position without my family and their support. I am so grateful that they instilled in me a fundamental gratitude and competitive spirit,” Jefferson said in a press release. “I want to thank the Wilf family, (head coach) Kevin O'Connell, (general manager) Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and the entire Vikings organization for believing in me and trusting me to lead this team. To all of my teammates and coaches from my early days as a kid in Louisiana all the way to the NFL, thank you for always being there for me and pushing me. And finally, to all Vikings fans everywhere, you will continue to get my best every day. SKOL!”

Jefferson has been one of the NFL's best receivers since the Vikings selected him 22nd overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. He made the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons and was fifth in the running for NFL MVP in 2022 after leading the league with 128 receptions and 1,809 yards.

He only played 10 games in 2023, but still recorded 68 catches for 1,074 yards and five touchdowns. With the 1,074 yards, he became the fifth player in NFL history to record over 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first four NFL seasons.

Additionally, the 24-year-old is a member of the Madden 99 Club and will star in the Netflix docuseries “Receiver,” which will be released later this summer.

“Through the first four seasons of his career, Justin has established himself as the best wide receiver and one of the most electrifying players in the NFL,” said Vikings owners Mark and Zygi Wilf. “He is a special talent, a dedicated teammate and an outstanding representative of the Vikings. Justin has earned this contract and we are thrilled that he will remain a Minnesota Viking for a very long time.”

Jefferson is the latest wide receiver to break the bank this offseason. AJ Brown of the Philadelphia Eagles previously set the record as the highest-paid receiver with a three-year, $96 million contract. Eagles teammate DeVonta Smith, Amon-Ra St. Brown of the Detroit Lions, Jaylen Waddle of the Miami Dolphins and Nico Collins of the Houston Texans are also among the players who have moved into the top 10 highest-paid receivers in recent weeks.