The four-year, $68.5 million contract for Hockenson, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, "resets the tight end market."
Prior to the trade deadline the previous year, the Vikings acquired Hockenson from the Detroit Lions. With 60 receptions, 519 yards, and three touchdowns in 10 regular-season games, he was outstanding for Minnesota. Hockenson added 10 more receptions for 129 yards in the New York Giants' NFC Wild Card defeat.
Hockenson has missed training camp for a variety of reasons. One of such conditions was an ear infection, which made him unbalanced. Additionally, Hockenson was reportedly experiencing back tightness, according to head coach Kevin O'Connell.
Now it seems that Hockenson will be okay for Week 1, which will be played on Sunday, September 10, at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Hockenson demonstrated his usefulness numerous times, notably during the playoffs when he functioned as the team's leading pass-catcher. Hockenson was a key contributor to the Vikings' 13-win season and NFC North championship.