The Minnesota Vikings and wide receiver Adam Thielen have agreed on a four-year, $64 million extension that can increase to $73 million with incentives. Thielen, who signed with the Vikings after going undrafted in 2015, has been Minnesota’s best receiver for the last two seasons. He has led the team in receptions and receiving yards two years running making the pro bowl in both years.
Thielen’s agency IFA announced the deal via Instagram.
By signing Adam Thielen, The Vikings are ensuring that quarterback Kirk Cousins will have his best weapon available while trying to live up to his three-year, $83 million deal. In the season before last, the Vikings had what was arguably the best defense since the Super Bowl winning Broncos of 2016 and were a favorite to win the championship. They had three different quarterbacks take the field and still managed a 14-4 record.
Last season, with Kirk Cousins at the helm, the Vikings defense still ranked in the top third in points against, giving up 341 points. Minnesota’s offense, on the other hand, ranked 19th of 32 in points for with 360 points. After missing the playoffs last season, the stakes are high for Thielen, Cousins, and the Vikings. They have to prove that spending that much of the cap on two offensive players will bring success to Minnesota.