Vikings star Justin Jefferson is getting paid. He waits his turn – InForum
EAGAN, Minn. — Justin Jefferson went to Miami this offseason to train at House of Athlete as he always does. He followed from afar as the Minnesota Vikings revamped their leadership, hiring Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as general manager and then Kevin O’Connell as head coach.
As things slowly began to fall into place, Jefferson was eager to return to Minnesota.
“I didn’t want to be on vacation too long,” Jefferson said Tuesday afternoon at the TCO Performance Center in Eagan. “It was really about getting back into that grind mode. I was so looking forward to coming back knowing the KO coach was entering the building.
As if playing for an offensive mastermind like O’Connell wasn’t motivation enough, Jefferson also saw some of his peers get massive paydays.
Davante Adams has signed a 5-year, $141.25 million contract (average annual value of $28.25 million) with the Las Vegas Raiders. Tyreek Hill has signed a 4-year, $120 million contract (average annual value of $30 million) with the Miami Dolphins. Stefon Diggs signed a 4-year, $96 million (average annual value of $24 million) contract with the Buffalo Bills. Heck, even a mid-level 96 like Christian Kirk signed a 4-year, $72 million (average annual value of $18 million) contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Naturally, the market is going to continue to evolve in the years to come, which means Jefferson could be in line for an unprecedented deal once his rookie contract expires.
Not that Jefferson is overly concerned about it right now. He knows that if he keeps playing, everything else will take care of itself.
“It comes with the process,” Jefferson said. “I’m really focused on what I can do right now as head of the team, as the captain of the team, and go out there and do the best I can. That’s all I can do at this point.
That hasn’t been a problem for Jefferson at this point in his NFL career. He had 88 catches for 1,400 yards his first year with the Vikings and followed that up with 108 catches for 1,616 yards his second year. These are video game numbers the Vikings haven’t seen since the days of Randy Moss.
What are his goals for year 3?
“I don’t really want to say my personal goals right now,” Jefferson said, putting his previous successes in the rearview mirror. “There is a target on my back at this point. I plan to continue climbing. There will always be players in the league who will try to stop me and what have we.
That might be easier said than done for opposing teams with O’Connell orchestrating the attack. He helped Cooper Kupp break NFL records last season with the Los Angeles Rams. He plans to do the same for Jefferson this season with the Vikings.
That level of production is what Jefferson is focusing on right now. Not that massive payday that will likely come at some point.
“It is what it is at this point,” Jefferson said. “It’s just part of it. You just have to do your own thing and go your own way.