Jets Fans Run Wild with Justin Jefferson Rumor

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First, there were zany trade theories involving Justin Jefferson and the Cincinnati Bengals.

Jets Fans Run Wild with Justin Jefferson Rumor

Those arrived before the 2024 NFL Draft, and of course, nothing happened, as the Minnesota Vikings won’t trade their face of the franchise. Now, the rumor mill has pivoted to the New York Jets. That fanbase has run with a mind-bogglingly dumb theory that Jefferson’s presence in New Jersey might mean he’s heading to Aaron Rodgers’ team.

Should Justin Jefferson
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A popular outfit on X, the website and app formerly known as Twitter, called MLFootball tweeted the following: “Friday, Justin Jefferson leaving his hotel in a chauffeured car, in Florham Park, which is 3 minutes away from where the Jets facility is located, via footage exclusively obtained by MLFootball. Jefferson was not in attendance for Vikings OTA’s today.”

Here’s the tweet in the flesh:

The tweet heavily implied that Jefferson was embroiled in some type of talks with the Jets — which is inexplicable because contracted players can’t just meet with other teams. This isn’t the Atlanta Falcons, a club under investigation for tampering.

Flashback: Vikings Run Over Jets in 2018
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Jefferson wouldn’t be allowed to arbitrarily meet with New York, even if it was his childhood favorite team or something of the sort. It’s not how the business works.

The Vikings organized team activities (OTAs) are underway. Jefferson skipped OTAs last year because his contract was up in the air, and 2024 may be no different.

Jefferson Smashes
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Kevin O’Connell spoke with Kay Adams of The Up and Adams Show last week, reassuring her that a Jefferson extension was inevitable. O’Connell said six days ago, “I know everything’s gonna get worked out there. Justin knows the love and admiration that I have for him. He knows he’s such a big part of what we do around here. That’s on the field and off the field. Bringing such a great energy to our building every single day.”

“Justin Jefferson’s a huge part of this organization,” O’Connell concluded about Jefferson’s role.

If Kirk Cousins or Vikings
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While no extension for Jefferson has caused some anguish among fans, other players from Jefferson’s draft class, like CeeDee Lamb of the Dallas Cowboys and Tristan Wirfs from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, are also waiting for contracts. Jefferson is not alone.

Still, Jets fans ran wild with JJets-to-Jets speculation, the nature of the beast on the internet.

Jefferson will turn 25 next month.


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 MIN 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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