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T.J. Hockenson signs NFL record contract with Minnesota Vikings

by Moxieplay

The Minnesota Vikings have secured a major player for their offense with the signing of tight end TJ Hockenson. According to reports, the team has agreed to a four-year, $68.5-million contract with Hockenson, setting new NFL records for both annual average salary and guarantees for the tight end position.

“TJ is a key piece of our offense and we’re thrilled to have him locked up for the foreseeable future,” said Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman. “His performance on the field speaks for itself, and we’re excited to see what he can do in the years to come.”

Hockenson had been pushing for a contract extension throughout the summer, and while he didn’t hold out during training camp, he did sit out several practices with minor ailments, which some saw as a strategic move during negotiations.

“I’m just happy to have this done and to be able to focus on playing football,” said Hockenson in a statement. “I love this team and this city, and I’m excited to be a part of what we’re building here.”

“He’s one of the best in NFL”: Cousins

Hockenson was acquired by the Vikings at the trade deadline last season, and in just 10 games with the team, he made a significant impact. He caught 60 passes for 519 yards and three touchdowns, becoming a favorite target of quarterback Kirk Cousins.

“I think TJ is one of the best tight ends in the league,” said Cousins in a recent press conference. “He’s got great hands, he runs great routes, and he’s a tough matchup for any defense. I’m thrilled that he’s going to be on our team for years to come.”

The signing of Hockenson is just the latest move in what has been an eventful offseason for the Vikings. The team has also been working on a contract extension for star wide receiver Justin Jefferson, who is expected to sign a massive deal in the near future.

“We’re building something special here in Minnesota,” said Spielman. “We’ve got a lot of talented players on both sides of the ball, and we’re committed to putting a winning team on the field. The signing of TJ is just one piece of that puzzle.”

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