A former Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings wide receiver has an unorthodox idea for Justin Jefferson’s next contract. The Vikings need to extend the All-Pro wide receiver sooner rather than later.
The Vikings had to cut one star, running back Dalvin Cook, to make room for Jefferson’s expected new deal. Jefferson should make record-breaking money at the wide receiver position.
Former Green Bay Packers WR has a wild idea for Justin Jefferson
During an interview with the 33rd Team, former Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings said the Vikings needed to extend Jefferson at whatever cost. Jennings thinks the team should offer him more than money:
“Do whatever it takes,” Jennings said. “You offer him ownership stake. You gotta do whatever it takes to not even allow him to think of entertaining free agency.”
Ownership isn’t likely in the cards for Jefferson in his next contract. As we’ve seen with Tom Brady buying into the Las Vegas Raiders, the other 31 NFL owners would have to agree to let Jefferson play and be a minority owner.
The Vikings will have to pay Jefferson a salary that makes him feel like a part owner. The highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL is Tyreek Hill. The Miami Dolphins pay him $30 million a year. Jefferson will likely get a few million more than Hill does a season.
Jennings’ point stands that the Vikings must do whatever it takes to keep the wide receiver playing in Minnesota. Jefferson is arguably the league’s best wide receiver heading into the 2023 season. And he could be playing Hall-of-Fame-level football on a rookie deal.
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