Jarius Wright signs four-year extension with Vikings

The Vikings locked up one of Teddy Bridgewater's go-to wide receivers.

Jarius Wright signed a contract extension with the Vikings on Thursday, the team announced. Wright's new deal is a four-year, $14.8 million contract with $7 million guaranteed, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

"Jarius has been a key member of our offense since we drafted him in 2012 and we felt it was necessary to secure his future with our organization," Vikings GM Rick Spielman said in a statement. "His commitment to this team, hard work and leadership in the wide receiver room are several of the intangibles that he brings to our club on a daily basis and we're excited for his future with the Vikings."

Wright, who was drafted in the fourth round in 2012, had his best season last year. The wideout had career highs in starts (7), receptions (42) and receiving yards (588).

The Vikings' top two wideouts on the depth chart are Mike Wallace and Charles Johnson, but Wright has developed a strong connection with second-year quarterback Bridgewater on the field.

During Bridgewater's hot December finish, Wright emerged as a reliable target who can move the chains.

The Arkansas product had his best game against the Jets in Week 14, with 123 receiving yards and the game-winning 87-yard touchdown in overtime.

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