Thielen, Vikings agree to four-year contract extension

Heather Diaz
April 13, 2019

Back in 2013, Adam Thielen was a scrawny, unknown rookie wide receiver out of Minnesota State Mankato willing do whatever he could to just get a spot on the roster of the Minnesota Vikings.

The Minnesota Vikings and Thielen agreed to a four-year extension worth $64 million and a maximum of $73 million, Thielen's agent announced Friday on Instagram.

As far as specifics are concerned, $35 million that is guaranteed. The Vikings took care him with a deal that was also expected to lower Thielen's salary cap figure (which had been $8.1 million) for the 2019 season and provide the team some much-needed breathing room.

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For a guy like Thielen, who made around $100,000 during his first year with the Vikings, the extension he was given on Friday is quite the accomplishment.

It was clear after the 2018 season that Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen was underpaid. He barely missed the mark in 2016 when he totaled 967 yards receiving. The deal will keep the 28-year-old in Minnesota through 2024. He finished fourth in the National Football League with 113 catches last season, posting 1,373 yards and tying Charlie Hennigan's National Football League record by starting the season with eight consecutive 100-yard games.

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