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Vikings sign Adam Thielen to three-year deal

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The Vikings gave wide receiver Adam Thielen a second-round tender as a restricted free agent to increase their chances of holding onto him this offseason and they eliminated the possibility of losing him altogether on Wednesday.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Thielen and the Vikings have agreed to terms on a three-year contract.

The agreement caps Thielen’s rapid ascent into the spotlight. He had 20 catches during his first two seasons with the Vikings, but broke out with 69 catches for a team-leading 967 yards and five touchdowns during the 2016 season.

Thielen’s breakout happened with Sam Bradford playing quarterback. Bradford was acquired in a trade from the Eagles after Teddy Bridgewater’s knee injury and the uncertainty about Bridgewater’s health means there’s a good chance that Bradford will remain the starter in 2017 as well.

Thielen joined Stefon Diggs as Minnesota’s starting receivers for most of last season. The new deal suggests that will remain the case, although the team would love to see more from 2016 first-round pick Laquon Treadwell as well.

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42 Responses to “Vikings sign Adam Thielen to three-year deal”
  1. nathanp2013 says: Mar 15, 2017 4:11 PM

    Best WR contract in FA.

  2. jjpmn says: Mar 15, 2017 4:11 PM

    What a great story. Congrats to him.

  3. upnorthvikesfan says: Mar 15, 2017 4:11 PM

    That’s how you do it. Keep your nose clean, work hard and be a team player and you get a long term deal. Now if the rest of the guys in the league could figure that out.

  4. thegr8rayfinkle says: Mar 15, 2017 4:19 PM

    Local guy makes good. Great story. Even better citizen which everyone should strive to be.

  5. jermainewiggins says: Mar 15, 2017 4:20 PM

    Hooked on a Thielen! Easily one of my favorite players.


  6. diveleft says: Mar 15, 2017 4:20 PM

    Awesome news for Viking fans. Very happy he is signed for three more years.

  7. ketchupaholic says: Mar 15, 2017 4:26 PM

    Torch the Packers again.

  8. tjacks7 says: Mar 15, 2017 4:31 PM

    Perfect signing for the Vikings vanilla offense.

  9. deltaoracle says: Mar 15, 2017 4:36 PM

    Although I’m a Packer fan, I like him. Given his story, he’s an easy guy to root for except a couple of times each year.

  10. The Phantom Stranger says: Mar 15, 2017 4:37 PM

    From not being offered a Division I scholarship to being invited to an NFL tryout camp to making an NFL practice squad to making an active roster to becoming a starter to signing a three-year contract. That is a meteoric rise and I’m looking forward to seeing what the next step will be.

  11. twinfan24 says: Mar 15, 2017 4:38 PM

    Glad they resigned him. He plays hard and has really worked to earn his playing time after coming out of Division II Minnesota State, Mankato.

  12. The Phantom Stranger says: Mar 15, 2017 4:39 PM

    I really thought the Patriots would try to sign him to an offer sheet…

  13. universalchurchoftruth says: Mar 15, 2017 4:40 PM


  14. pkrlvr says: Mar 15, 2017 4:40 PM

    I like Thielen, reminds me of Nelson. Betcha Newsome couldn’t cover him either…

  15. The Phantom Stranger says: Mar 15, 2017 4:43 PM

    12 catches for 202 yards and two touchdowns Christmas Eve against the Packers. I know, it’s the Packers, but there is star potential here.

  16. fwippel says: Mar 15, 2017 4:48 PM

    Best move the Vikings have made this off-season. This guy is for real.

  17. saberwolf335 says: Mar 15, 2017 4:50 PM

    There was never a single doubt in my mind that he wouldn’t be resigned. His home, on and off the field, is Minnesota, ,always has been and hopefully always will be

  18. The Phantom Stranger says: Mar 15, 2017 4:52 PM

    pkrlvr says:
    Mar 15, 2017 4:40 PM

    I like Thielen, reminds me of Nelson.

    Yeah, I’ll bet he reminds you of Wes Welker, Julian Edelman, Steve Largent, and Ed McCaffrey, too.

  19. bridgeh2o says: Mar 15, 2017 4:57 PM

    More Than a Thielen!!!!!!!!!!

    The thing about Thielen is that he gets separation…..all the time!

    Great route runner and fast!

    Great story just got great…..awesome job to Adam Thielen!!!!

  20. SB8VikingFan says: Mar 15, 2017 5:02 PM

    Awesome! Congrats Adam! SKOL!

  21. truthbetold109 says: Mar 15, 2017 5:03 PM

    I like him. Tough kid. One of the few vikings offensive players that I think could actually make the Packers.

  22. cribbage12 says: Mar 15, 2017 5:03 PM

    As a Packers fan I really like this kid. One of those rare players you fight to keep on your team.

  23. stellarperformance says: Mar 15, 2017 5:22 PM

    This is a kid I would love to have on the Packers. Damn impressive. I hope he signed for big coin.

  24. 250dollarnflowner says: Mar 15, 2017 5:25 PM

    way to go Spielman! take care of our core guys. Xavier is next

  25. pkrlvr says: Mar 15, 2017 5:28 PM

    Yeah, I’ll bet he reminds you of Wes Welker, Julian Edelman, Steve Largent, and Ed McCaffrey, too.
    No, more like Decker or maybe Beasley…possibly Riley Cooper if you squint.

  26. GenXJay says: Mar 15, 2017 5:45 PM

    Locked up for 3 years. Sweet.

  27. The Phantom Stranger says: Mar 15, 2017 5:51 PM

    Good one, pkrlvr.

    Holy crap, Thielen got $27 million with $11 million guaranteed. That certainly signals that the Vikings are expecting BIG things from Thielen going forward.

  28. jbvikes says: Mar 15, 2017 6:04 PM

    From on MN State U Mankato alum to another – NICE JOB, YOUNG MAN!

  29. Purple People Eaters says: Mar 15, 2017 6:16 PM

    Finally, we keep one of our own. Good kid, too.

  30. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Mar 15, 2017 6:18 PM

    It’s weird how even when something good happens to their team, it’s all about the Packers with Vike fans.

  31. James Montgomery says: Mar 15, 2017 6:21 PM

    Good for him! He worked hard, did whatever they asked and made the most of his chances. Looking forward to seeing him with Diggs make some secondaries miserable!

  32. mnfaninil says: Mar 15, 2017 6:37 PM

    3 year / $17M is cheaper than I thought they would have to pay. $5m for 100 catch WR who is as consistent as you can get. Nice job by Vikings keeping him and nice for Adam to get $ he deserves.

  33. waggle43 says: Mar 15, 2017 7:29 PM

    With a full offseason together, Bradford and Theilen will be even more effective in 2017. Resigning him was a no brainer. Nice job Vikes. Congrats Adam! SKOL

  34. fansince68 says: Mar 15, 2017 9:30 PM

    He’s easily Mr. Viking now that Greenway is gone. Everyone says how hard he works, but he did some things last season that you just can’t teach. Great instincts and heart. Credit Bradford here too.

    Obvious the Vikings angled to sign linemen and keep Theilen at the expense of Peterson, Patterson, Johnson, etc. The focus lands squarely on Treadwell.

    Say, isn’t MoBo still hanging around?

  35. billbrasky72 says: Mar 15, 2017 9:46 PM

    Cuz I got a Thielen….

  36. knew8411 says: Mar 15, 2017 10:49 PM

    Great news! Glad they didnt wait, and got him taken care of… lets go get a RB , WR, and get our DB under long term contract for the future.

  37. vikingdoode says: Mar 16, 2017 12:06 AM

    Money well spent… now the trick is to stay healthy

  38. silvernblacksabbath says: Mar 16, 2017 8:55 AM

    Hopefully his fantasy price will stay kind of low 🙂

  39. igocommando says: Mar 16, 2017 9:21 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Mar 15, 2017 6:18 PM
    It’s weird how even when something good happens to their team, it’s all about the Packers with Vike fans.


    What’s even more weird is how you came to that conclusion. 2 out of 33 comments goofed on the Packers. You should be happy the Vikings are active in FA. If they weren’t, you wouldn’t have anything to do. Congrats to Thielen on a well deserved extension.

  40. gaetz23 says: Mar 16, 2017 1:07 PM

    I thought the money was a bit much at first, 17 mil with the possibility of becoming 27 mil, but now I hear it’s actually a 4 year deal (his tender plus another 3 years) which actually seems like a great deal for both sides now. A great story becomes better.

  41. dgt178blog says: Mar 16, 2017 1:14 PM

    as a Packer fan….I can’t say anything bad about this guy….runs great routes, and catches everything….like a young Jordy Nelson….

  42. ak185 says: Mar 16, 2017 8:38 PM

    Great signing. He’s best working out of the slot, hopefully Minnesota won’t play him out of place so he can continue to be a big contributor on offense. He plays hard-noticeably hard-and he and Rudolph are great weapons for whomever is going to be under center. If the Vikes can get a good option to play on the outside, they could be set on offense.

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