NFL insider drops the hammer on past Justin Jefferson rumors

Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson
Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson / Ethan Miller/GettyImages

Before he signed his gigantic contract extension on Monday, Minnesota Vikings star wide receiver Justin Jefferson was the subject of multiple trade rumors that have now turned out to be completely bogus.

Any trade rumors about Jefferson wanting out of Minnesota were not only destroyed by the wide receiver signing an extension with the Vikings on Monday, but a notable NFL insider shared some info that helped erase the rumors as well.

Shortly after the news of the extension was revealed to the public on Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter shared that while multiple teams did reportedly contact Minnesota to see if Jefferson was on the trade block earlier this year, the Vikings reportedly had "zero intention" of ever trading the All-Pro wide receiver.

Minnesota Vikings put an end to make-believe Justin Jefferson trade rumors with extension

As thrilled as Minnesota fans are about Jefferson signing an extension with the Vikings on Monday, the fan base is also probably very excited that they no longer have to read or hear about some random trade rumor involving the talented pass-catcher that was likely concocted out of thin air.

Almost every week, it seemed like a different team's fan base was convincing themselves that their team could make a trade for Jefferson before the start of the 2024 season.

But, as Schefter confirmed on Monday, Minnesota was never going to trade their star wide receiver, and anyone who thought they were going to was actually just fooling themself and wasting their time.

In just four seasons, Jefferson has not only established himself as one of the best receivers (if not the absolute best) in the NFL, but he's also quickly emerged as one of the greatest receivers in Vikings history.

With guys like Randy Moss and Cris Carter suiting up in purple and gold before him, it's certainly not an easy task to already be viewed as one of the best pass-catchers in Minnesota's franchise history. But this, and a number of other accomplishments, are exactly why the Vikings had no problem making Jefferson the highest-paid non-quarterback in NFL history on Monday.

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