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Vikings WR Jarius Wright signs contract extension

Jarius Wright inked a four-year contract extension with the Vikings on Thursday. The deal is worth $14.8 million with $7 million guaranteed, an NFL source confirmed. The wide receiver was entering the final year of his rookie contract, and the team struck a deal with Wright just before the season opener against the 49ers on Monday.

"For me the timing was kind of important but at the same time, I'm going to play football regardless if I got a contract or not," Wright said. "I wasn't going to create any distractions, and I was going to be the same leader on and off the field. ... Going into the season 1/8now3/8, I do have a lot of relief. I can just go out there...