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Thursday, September 28, 2023

Ex-Michigan safety inks extension with Vikings

Former Michigan safety Josh Metellus has gained some financial security heading into the 2023 NFL season.

The Minnesota Vikings inked the 2020 sixth-round pick to a two-year extension on Thursday worth up to $13 million that includes $6 million guaranteed, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Metellus is entering the final year of his rookie contract and will earn just over $1 million in 2023.

During his first two seasons in Minnesota, the 5-foot-11, 207-pounder was primarily used on special teams. Metellus, 25, played just 70 defensive snaps over 31 games from 2020-21 before earning a larger role in 2022, seeing the field for 258 snaps in the Vikings’ secondary.

Under new defensive coordinator Brian Flores, Metellus is likely to receive more playing time with Minnesota expected to deploy more three-safety sets. The former three-star recruit from Florida also has emerged as a leader in the locker room and has been named team captain for 2023.

Last year, Metellus appeared in all 17 games, including making his first three career starts. He finished with 42 tackles, five pass breakups and one interceptions.

At Michigan, Metellus made 38 career starts and was a three-time all-Big Ten selection. He totaled 187 tackles, including nine for loss, five interceptions and 21 pass breakups.

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