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Justin Jefferson contract extension arrives

By Matt Schauf | Updated on Mon, 03 Jun 2024, 9:45 AM EDT
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The Vikings are signing WR Justin Jefferson to a four-year extension, according to NFL Network. The $140 million deal includes $110 million in guarantees and will make him the highest-paid non-QB in the league.

2024 Fantasy Football Impact

There shouldn't be any 2024 impact from this extension, given that Jefferson already remained under contract for the coming season. Getting the deal out of the way at least removes that potential distraction, though.

Dynasty Impact

No one truly worried about Jefferson's status in Minnesota, with the extension considered a sure thing. He's now locked in with the Vikings through 2028.

Jefferson turns 25 this month. That means this contract will run through his age-29 season. We'll see as we get closer to that point whether Jefferson will have another big contract beyond that. Our historical aging data suggests it's likely.

According to that data, "great" Round 1-type WRs have still delivered 93% of their peak production in that age-30 season -- and then 90% at 31.

Other Winners & Losers

WR Jordan Addison might have been better off if Jefferson left town and opened up more target share. But few (if any) thought that would happen, so there's no real impact on Addison's dynasty outlook.

Getting Jefferson locked up can only help the outlook for QB J.J. McCarthy, who should have a nice pair of WRs for the foreseeable future.

One other non-fantasy "winner" figures to be CeeDee Lamb. Jefferson's 2020 draft classmate is also in line for an extension and now has a large new number to point to in negotiations. We'll see whether Jefferson's deal speeds up Lamb's process.

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Matt has earned two Fantasy Pros accuracy awards for IDP rankings and won thousands of dollars as a player across best ball, dynasty, and high-stakes fantasy formats. He has been creating fantasy football content for more than 20 years, with work featured by Sporting News, Rotoworld, Athlon, Sirius XM, and others. He's been with Draft Sharks since 2011.
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