Vikings Sign Safety Josh Metellus to a 2-Year, $13 Million Extension

Josh Metellus with Minnesota Vikings in December 2022
Josh Metellus with Minnesota Vikings in December 2022. Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto/Shutterstock (13661376ci)

The Minnesota Vikings signed their starting safety Josh Metellus to a new contract extension. The deal will keep Metellus with the organization through the 2025 NFL season.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Metellus’ extension is worth $13 million and comes with $6 million in guaranteed money. The Michigan product had one year left on his rookie deal.

Metellus was drafted in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Vikings. He played mostly on special teams in his first two years as a pro but received an expanded role as a safety towards the end of 2022. This helped the 25-year-old to get 42 tackles, five passes defended, and his first career interception.

Judging by the Vikings’ training camp, Metellus might be poised for an even bigger role on defense this upcoming season. The team’s new defensive coordinator Brian Flores has been running a lot of three-safety packages during practices and preseason, making Metellus a logical pick to line up alongside starters Harrison Smith and Camryn Bynum.

Metellus isn’t the only player Minnesota signed to a new deal in recent days. The team previously gave a new deal to tight end T.J. Hockenson, making him the highest-paid player in his position. The Vikings are also hoping to wrap up an extension for star wideout Justin Jefferson soon.