Purple Headlines of the Week: The Jefferson Deal, a Position Change for a Vikings Receiver, New Uniforms Revealed

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OTAs continued to roll along for the Minnesota Vikings this week.

With another week of the offseason behind us, we are continuing to inch closer to training camp, the preseason, and finally, the 2024 regular season. Here are all of the purple headlines that you may have missed over the past week.

Justin Jefferson Signs Extension

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Dec 10, 2023; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) warms up before a game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Jefferson said earlier this offseason that he wanted to “break the bank” with his next contract, and he certainly accomplished that. The wide receiver signed a four-year deal worth a total of $140 million including a guaranteed amount of $110 million.

With an average annual value of $35 million on his new deal, Jefferson now becomes the highest-paid non-quarterback in the NFL, surpassing Nick Bosa’s average annual value of $34 million.

Vikings Receiver Changes Position

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Oct 30, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver N’Keal Harry (8) celebrates making a touchdown catch against the Dallas Cowboys during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Every once in awhile, NFL players will change positions to better suit their current teams. For instance, the Minnesota Vikings saw this happen just last year when offensive tackle Blake Brandel kicked inside to guard to help fill in a depth role at the position. It paid off as Brandel started two games at right guard in relief of Ed Ingram.

This year, another Vikings player is set to change his position as revealed by head coach Kevin O’Connell during his media time on Tuesday. That player is Vikings receiver N’Keal Harry, who will be making the transition to tight end in 2024.

New Uniforms for the 2024 Season

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Feb 27, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell speaks during a press conference at the NFL Scouting Combine at Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Last summer, Minnesota unveiled “The Vikings Classic” jersey, which was worn during their season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This year, Minnesota is unveiling another new jersey, taking their old Winter Whiteout jerseys to the next level.

These jerseys, dubbed the “Winter Warrior” is an all-white uniform while also bringing a white helmet to the table, which was something often asked for by fans after the whiteout was introduced in 2022.

In Case You Missed It…

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Dec 31, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Ty Chandler (32) runs with the ball against the Green Bay Packers in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Per usual, we have a list of additional reading material for the especially studious Vikings fans. Happy reading!

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of PurplePTSD.com. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.