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Report: Vikings and T.J. Hockenson agree to 4-year, $68.5 million extension

We discuss the new contract for tight end T.J. Hockenson to stay in Minnesota.

Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson (87) walks on the field after losing a wild card game against the New York Giants at U.S. Bank Stadium. Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Update: Hockenson isn’t among the highest-paid tight ends in the league, he is the highest-paid TE. He is signing a 4-year, $68.5 million deal. His $17.125 million annual salary and $42.5 million guaranteed are the highest in historyfor tight ends.

The Minnesota Vikings and tight end T.J. Hockenson have agreed on a “mega deal,” per Adam Schefter. The tight end had been a hold-in during training camp and will now be among the highest-paid tight ends in the league. Hockenson was entering the final year of his rookie contract, playing on a fifth-year option. Specific details of the contract have not yet been made public.

Hockenson was drafted with the eighth overall pick int he 2019 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. He spent the first three years with the team, becoming a better player and among the best tight ends in the league with his receiving ability.

Hockenson was traded to the Minnesota Vikings in a rare inter-division move ahead of the 2022 trade deadline. He played in 10 games for Minnesota, bringing in 60 of his 86 targets for 519 yards and three touchdowns. Hockenson will remain a reliable pass-catcher for quarterback Kirk Cousins alongside teammate Justin Jefferson and Jordan Addison.