Justin Jefferson Drives the Lamar Jackson Lamborghini, Days After Ravens QB Settles for $260,000,000 Bonanza

Published 05/30/2023, 2:30 PM EDT

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Justin Jefferson and Lamar Jackson share a very cordial and cool relationship, off the field. And, recent months have been a roller coaster for Action Jackson. In a nutshell, the Ravens and Lamar Jackson resumed negotiations in April 2023, and agreed on a five-year, $260 million extension with $185 million guaranteed, making him the highest-paid player in NFL history. Similarly, an astronomical deal looms for Justin Jefferson. As the league’s premier receiver, he eyes a potential $31 million annually, surpassing the current top earners.

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However, the Vikings encounter obstacles due to limited funds and uncertainties surrounding Kirk Cousins’ future. Nonetheless, an alluring opportunity lingers, promising an exciting prospect for Justin Jefferson’s potential record-breaking contract.

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It seems that Justin Jefferson is on his way to a potential $31 million-a-year deal, according to some projections. Renowned as the NFL’s premier receiver, Justin Jefferson’s exceptional performance boasts unmatched receiving yards in his first three seasons. He could surpass the contracts of Davante Adams and Tyreek Hill, who are currently the highest-paid receivers in the league. However, there are some challenges for the Vikings to make that deal happen, such as their cap space with Kirk Cousins’ future matter.

Dov Kleiman hinted in a recent Tweet, “Vikings WR Justin Jefferson could become the highest paid non-QB in NFL history on his next deal, per JFowlerESPN.” That is a possibility, but not a certainty. However, that projection is based on the current market for wide receivers, which could change by the time Jefferson becomes eligible for an extension.

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Justin Jefferson eyes record-breaking $190M contract

Surpassing all non-quarterback contracts, Aaron Donald holds the title of the highest-paid player in NFL history. In 2022, he renegotiated his deal with the Rams, securing impressive average annual earnings of $31.6 million. He also received a $40 million raise and $95 million through 2024. Projected by analysts, Justin Jefferson has the potential to exceed that figure through a six-year contract, valued at $190 million with a staggering $97.5 million guaranteed.

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Jefferson is the leading receiver for the Minnesota Vikings and one of the best players in the NFL. During the remarkable 2022 season, Justin Jefferson dominated the NFL with an impressive 128 receptions, 1,809 receiving yards, and the prestigious title of NFL Offensive Player of the Year. Amidst that what his future holds only time will tell. Will he surpass his contract test like Lamar Jackson?

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Mohammad Asif Ansari

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Mohammad Asif Ansari is an NFL writer at EssentiallySports, with a passion for bringing sports news to life through engaging content. As an ardent sports fan, Ansari likes to cover core sports angles. His latest article, “Dallas Cowboys Reportedly Making It Difficult for Aaron Rodgers to Pursue His Dream Team” got a hoard of interested sports readers.
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