The Minnesota Vikings duo of Randy Moss and Cris Carter will go down in NFL history as one of the best wide receiver duos in the league.
But what if that era was just the foundation for an even stronger duo?
A six-time Pro Bowle wide receiver who grew up a Vikings fan admitted that if he had his way he’d play for the purples and golds — an admission that left Minnesota fans wondering about the prospects of Justin Jefferson and him, another to form, has swarmed incredible duo.
In a recent Tik Tok appearance, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill answered fan questions and said if he could pick a team to play for, it would be the Vikings.
If it was up to me, if I had to pick a team to play on, I was a Vikings fan growing up, I love Vikings man,” Hill said.
The idea of Hill joining Jefferson in Minnesota is tempting considering Hill has won six straight Pro Bowls since being selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2015 draft.
Hill helped the Chiefs win a Super Bowl LIV in 2019, cementing his status as one of the league’s biggest threats. However, Hill eventually felt underutilized on offense and forced his way to the Dolphins by trade.
“There [were] often during the [2021 season] that we felt Tyreek was underused and not fully appreciated. And the [the Chiefs] didn’t really use all of his skills and talent,” his agent Drew Rosenhaus said on Hill’s podcast. “It was frustrating that he didn’t get a chance to do more to help the team in their efforts to win games and Tyreek is a very selfless player and the perfect team player but there have been a lot of things this season that I just felt like there wasn’t the same commitment to him.”
Hill ran amok in his freshman year without the Chiefs. He leads the league with 81 receptions for 1,148 yards while Jefferson is second in yards for the season with 1,060 reception yards.
In an ideal world, Hill would love to join the Vikings. However, the real world and business behind the NFL is why Hill likely won’t be wearing purple and gold anytime soon.
Hill landed a lucrative four-year, $120 million deal with the Dolphins during the offseason that skyrocketed the market price for wide receivers.
Hill, who is hitting gold in the market, paved the way for Jefferson to become the second-highest-paid receiver in the league. Jefferson is eligible for a contract extension next season — a move Minnesota should rush to show its faith in the young star.
Two receivers making $30m annually is highly unlikely given the Vikings’ current roster build.
However, if the Vikings move away from Kirk Cousins, a quarterback with a rookie deal would provide ample room to back a pair of star receivers on second contracts.