The Minnesota Vikings had a disappointing season in 2018, missing out on the postseason despite entering the year as plausible Super Bowl contenders. Still, they are confident with their core on offense, and made the move to lock down one of their stars for the next four seasons.
Adam Thielen has agreed to a four-year extension with the Vikings worth $64 million, with a maximum value of $73 million based on bonuses and incentives.
Adam Thielen ihas agreed to a four-year extension from the Vikings. $64 million, and could be worth up to $73 million.— Ben Goessling (@GoesslingStrib) April 12, 2019
Thielen will earn $16 million per season in average annual value, a hefty pay raise for the 28-year-old. The deal also includes $35 million in guaranteed money.
Thielen has earned Pro Bowl honors in each of the past two seasons, having racked up 204 receptions, 2,649 yards and 13 touchdowns overall during that span.
He set an NFL record by recording 100+ receiving yards in each of the first eight games of the 2018 campaign, and is being rewarded for his work on the field with a new deal.
Thielen went undrafted out of Minnesota State, but eventually found an opportunity with the Vikings, where he has impressed ever since. And now, he gets to reap his reward.