MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – DECEMBER 31: Justin Jefferson #18 of the Minnesota Vikings warms up prior to a game against the Green Bay Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 31, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
Justin Jefferson wants a ton of cash on his next contract
The Minnesota Vikings star wide receiver offered a perhaps telling remark when it comes to his next contract.
On Mad Dog Sports Radio’s Schein on Sports, the three-time Pro Bowler said he wants to “break the bank.” He then added he wants “to be a part of an organization that wants me and to really give me what I deserve.”
It should be noted that he did state he still expects the Vikings to do what’s required to keep him around.
“I want to break the bank and I want to be a part of an organization that wants me and to really give me what I deserve. I feel like eventually the Vikings will do what they need to do to have me in the building, but I don’t really know at this very moment,” Jefferson said. “Only time will tell, I feel like I have the right people in my circle to negotiate and do what’s right. I feel like this whole process of how we handled things and how we went accordingly with the season and the contract stuff, I feel like we did a great job with it.”
Jefferson and the Vikings were close to a deal before Week 1 but nothing came of it. He will be in the final year of his rookie contract in 2024 and is due to make $19.7 million.
Last season, he was hampered by injuries and missed seven games. However, Jefferson had 68 catches for 1,074 yards and five touchdowns. In four seasons with the Vikings, Jefferson has 397 catches for 5,899 yards and 30 touchdowns in 57 starts.
He was a Pro Bowl pick in each of his first three seasons and was First-Team All-Pro in 2022 after his 128 catches and 1,809 yards led the NFL.
His next deal will most certainly be a long-term deal and likely require north of $30 million per season.
The receiver has spent his entire four-year NFL career with the Vikings, who selected him with the No. 22 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft out of LSU.