Vikings decline fifth-year option on WR Jalen Reagor after disappointing NFL season

With the deadline for NFL franchises to pick up the fifth-year option on their 2020 first-round draft picks being ended, the Minnesota Vikings have made up their mind to abstain from exercising the fifth-year option on wide receiver Jalen Reagor for the 2024 season.

Just a few days ago, the Vikings made a bold but anticipated move by exercising the fifth-year team option for All-Pro wide receiver Justin Jefferson, keeping him with the team through the 2024 season and setting him up for a massive payday, with the option valued at a whopping $19.7 million, albeit things didn’t go smooth for Jalen like Jefferson.

Justin Jefferson

Vikings opt against exercising fifth-year options on WR Jalen Reagor

According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Minnesota has decided to decline WR Jalen Reagor’s fifth-year option worth a total of $12.987 million fully guaranteed for the 2024 season, leading him to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2023-24 NFL season.

Before getting his name enrolled in the Philadelphia Eagles with the No. 21 pick in the 2020 draft, the 5-foot-11 pass catcher was a three-year starter at TCU and earned second-team All-Big 12 honors as a receiver and returner.

The 24-year-old signed a four-year, $13,270,677 rookie contract including a $7,211,401 signing bonus with the Philly, and was later traded to the Vikings for a seventh-round pick in 2023 and a conditional 2024 fourth that would deescalate to a fifth if Jalen doesn’t meet the statistical benchmarks.

Jalen Reagor

Reagor played in 17 games in Minnesota in the 2022 NFL season, though he couldn’t prove his worth on the field with a poor record of only 104 receiving yards and a touchdown on eight receptions and 13 targets.

With the fifth-year option declined, the product of the TCU Horned Frogs football program is set to become a free agent at the conclusion of the 2023 season. It remains to be seen whether he will be able to rebound from his disappointing performance and earn a new contract with the Vikings or another team.

Do you think that the Dolphins made the right move by not picking Jalen’s fifth-year option? You can let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.


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Maliha works as a content writer in Sportszion specializing in NFL and NBA. She has completed her graduation and post-graduation, majoring in MIS (Management Information Systems). She loves analyzing sports and keeping fans updated with the latest sport buzzes.


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