Details of Justin Jefferson’s salary cap hits through 2028

Details of Justin Jefferson’s salary cap hits through 2028

Jefferson’s contract is very salary-cap friendly until 2026.

Nov 24, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) looks on before the game between the Vikings and the New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 24, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) looks on before the game between the Vikings and the New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory 

If the Minnesota Vikings cut Justin Jefferson before June 1, 2025, it will cost them a dead cap hit of $80.63 million, according to OvertheCap.

 

Hilarious, right? The Vikings aren’t cutting Jefferson but that’s the proof in the pudding as OvertheCap has found the alleged details of the 24-year-old receiver’s shiny new contract, which is a reported $140 million over four years and includes $110 million guaranteed.

 

In 2024, Jefferson’s base salary is $1.125 million and his $8.612 million cap hit is just 3.3% of Minnesota’s salary cap.

 

His deal is also extremely cap-friendly in 2025 as he carries a cap hit of $15.167 million, which is only 5.8% of the projected cap. That helps set the Vikings up for what could be a spending spree in free agency in March 2025, as they are projected to be at least $54 million under the cap. The team’s only double-digit cap hits in 2025 (currently) are right tackle Brian O’Neill ($26m), edge rusher Jonathan Greenard ($22m), left tackle Christian Darrisaw ($16m), tight end T.J. Hockeson ($15m), Jefferson ($15m) and edge rusher Andrew Van Ginkel ($12m).

 

It’s in 2026 when Jefferson’s cap hits start to take bigger chunks out of the projected salary cap. In 2026, his cap hit of $38.987 million will account for an estimated 13.7% of the cap. In 2027, his $43.487 million cap hit will be an estimated 13.8% of the cap.

 

His cap hit will increase to $47.487 million in 2028 before it drops to $6 million when the Vikings have a void year built into the deal for his age-30 season in 2029.

 

 

 

 

 

Gideon Canice

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