The Vikings and All-Pro receiver Adam Thielen have agreed to a four-year extension worth $64 million, his agency and the Vikings have confirmed. He will make $35 million guaranteed with a potential maximum value of $73 million.
An undrafted free agent out of Division II Minnesota State-Mankato, Thielen has turned into one of the sport’s most unlikely stars. He made the preseason roster thanks to a rookie tryout in 2013, eventually making the 53-man roster for good the next season. He had a modest breakout in 2016 with 69 catches and just under 1,000 yards. The next season, Thielen joined the ranks of the league’s top receivers with over 1,200 yards, 91 catches, four touchdowns and an All-Pro appearance. 2018 proved to be even better, as he set career highs in yards, receptions and touchdowns while also setting a Vikings record for most consecutive 100-yard receiving games to start a season.
All the while, Thielen remained one of the most underpaid players in the NFL. He did not make seven figures until his All-Pro 2017 season, and made only $5.35 million last year. Meanwhile, his teammate Stefon Diggs signed a lucrative five-year, $72 million contract last offseason. With Thielen’s new contract, however, he joins the ranks of the top-paid receivers to more closely resemble his on-field production. And most importantly, the Vikings have their top receiver duo under contract for the long haul.
It is to be determined how Thielen’s deal will effect the Vikings’ cap for 2018. He was set to be an $8.1 million cap hit this coming season, though there is a good chance that number will decrease to help the Vikings’ tight cap situation.
Thielen's cap hit in 2019 is $8.1 million. I'd expect that number to drop quite a bit with the extension, allowing the Vikings to be able to fit his new deal under the cap without issue. He had 2 years left on his old deal, so the extension should keep him under contract thru '24— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) April 12, 2019
–Sam Smith is the Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage Vikings and Deputy Editor for Full Press NFL. Like and Follow @samc_smith.
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