NBC Sports Host Wants Justin Jefferson to Do the Unthinkable

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Some folks just cannot find the patience regarding Justin Jefferson’s contract extension.

NBC Sports Host Wants Justin Jefferson to Do the Unthinkable

A bees-to-honey topic, a section of the NFL community believes the Minnesota Vikings phenom wide receiver could or should be traded. The topic is relentless, even if the team’s leaders — down the line — insist Jefferson is non-tradeable.

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The latest involved Michael Holley, host of the NBC Sports show Brother From Another. Holley is evidently fed up with Jefferson playing for the Vikings and wants the 24-year-old to leave.

He told Michael Smith this week, “I’m rooting for Justin Jefferson to get out of there. Get up on out of there. They don’t know what they’re doing. Sam Darnold? Come on …”

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Holley and Smith debated the merits of Sam Darnold’s presence on the roster, and for Holley, it was a sticking point for Jefferson to leave. Put frankly, he believes Jefferson deserves better and apparently doesn’t acknowledge Minnesota’s upcoming plan to draft a quarterback later this month.

“You don’t want to win; you don’t want to keep franchise players,” Holley said about the Vikings’ acquisition of Darnold, claiming the signing was a slap in the face to Jefferson.

Before the recent episode of Brother From Another, Holley was also hyper-critical of Kirk Cousins, Jefferson’s former quarterback, but now seems to think Cousins was rather effective alongside Jefferson for three seasons.

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Also this week, NFL analyst Craig Carton called for a Jefferson trade on The Carton Show: “Money’s better than championships all day, every day. That being said, you gotta trade him because if he’s turned down a contract that would make him the first- or second-highest-paid wide receiver in the history of the NFL, he’s telling you, ‘I’m not re-signing here!’ So you better get value for him while you can.”

Jefferson is expected to become the highest-paid wide receiver in history soon, and most fans believe he is waiting to see the franchise’s quarterback plan after Kirk Cousins left via free agency three weeks ago.

“Justin Jefferson is the most likely to be dealt, if not by the draft, then by the trade deadline this upcoming season because Minnesota’s not gonna be a good football team,” Morton added.

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Three weeks ago, The Athletic’s Dianna Russini tweeted about the Jefferson trade fuss: “The Vikings came close to extending WR Justin Jefferson last offseason. In Indy, GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah aggressively rejected the idea of trading the star. Kirk Cousins’ departure hasn’t changed things. The Vikings have no plans to trade Jefferson, sources tell me and Alec Lewis.”

And since then, Minnesota’s owners, general manager, and head coach have stated that an extension is a foremost priority and will hit this offseason.

Jefferson will turn 25 in June.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).

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