Adam Thielen agrees to four-year extension

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Vikings receiver Adam Thielen has agreed to a four-year extension, Thielen’s agent, Blake Baratz, posted on social media Friday. The deal is worth $64 million with a max of $74 million.

Thielen will get $35 million guaranteed, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

Thielen was entering the third season of a four-year, $19.246 million base deal, and Baratz expressed optimism in February of getting an extension worked out with the Vikings for Thielen.

Thielen, 28, has 293 receptions for 3,897 yards and 19 touchdowns in his five seasons. He topped the 1,000-yard mark each of the past two seasons and earned Pro Bowl honors both years.

Thielen caught 113 passes for 1,373 yards and nine touchdowns last season in playing all 16 games.

UPDATE 5:21 P.M.: The Vikings have announced the agreement.

92 responses to “Adam Thielen agrees to four-year extension

  1. Great move by the Vikings…makes him a Viking for life. Vikings reward productivity no matter the cap tightness. A great team culture that other NFLers would love to be a part of and why many take less to be a part of.

  2. Worth every penny.
    He was right to get in Cousins face.
    A great story, a great Viking and a great human being.

    Detroit Lakes, go crazy!
    Skol.

  3. This MUST mean they are likely going to let Cousins go after the final year of his contract and draft a QB in 2020 to free up the cap space. There is no other explanation for how they are going to pay all these guys like this.

    They have SEVEN free agents next year they need to figure out how to keep (Waynes, Weatherly, alexander, that long haird tight end, kearse, harris, Bowers). likely, Rhodes, Rudlolph, joseph, griffen, and reiff are all gone next year.

  4. Awesome, this guy has the best hands in the league. Love that he and Diggs are with the Vikes long term.

  5. Before Thielen’s new contract they have no cap space this year or next, how are they going to pay him. Or, Who are they going to cut or trade, some like Waynes, Smith or Rhodes or are they going to dump all there mid-level talent guys and troll through what’s left of the AAF. If, someone gets hurt they are done. And, the still really haven’t addressed their O-line or will it be mostly rookies which equals a really bad offense.

    Probably all of the pending free agents next year will be gone, maybe they can dump some this year for draft picks.

  6. He deserves it after outplaying his first two contracts. I suspect it is structured so that in the future when Cousins’ contract is in the final year they can either restructure him should he not suck or move on to the next QB.

    And in the useless info dept — the long haired TE David Morgan cut his hair.

  7. People thought we couldn’t afford to keep our defense together this year, yet we did. Vikings are set for years to come. It’s what world class organizations do…

  8. Gotta wonder how a team with around $8MM in cap space pulls off deals like this? If the league is going to permit such financial chicanery, why not just up the salary cap to $400MM per team and stop all the phony games?

  9. bobmillion, what are you talking about? Vikings have $15 million next year and cap goes up around 10 each year, plus we will decide what bigger contracts are no longer needed or renegotiate. Players take less to stay with a world class organization like the Vikings. Plus we have the best capologist in the NFL. We always plan 2-3 years in advance. Get a clue.

  10. If you can’t root for this guy, you’re just a horrible human being. He’s what all of us dreamed of being when we were young. This kid made it.

  11. Hopefully this new contract will motivate him to get his nose in the playbook.
    It’s quite embarrassing to have your QB showing you how to run routes on the sideline during the biggest game of the year.

  12. bobmillion says:
    April 12, 2019 at 5:41 pm
    Before Thielen’s new contract they have no cap space this year or next, how are they going to pay him.
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    Just because you and some others do not understand does not mean it is not happening.

  13. hey, browndog, it’s an extension, it doesn’t affect this year. This is why Vikings play chess while others play checkers…they act without thinking.

  14. Cousins is paid less than Rodgers and has a better record since 2015. Think about it, Fiesty…

  15. Alan Light says:
    April 12, 2019 at 5:51 pm
    hey, browndog, it’s an extension, it doesn’t affect this year. This is why Vikings play chess while others play checkers…they act without thinking.
    ————
    So, they’ve been playing chess for almost 60 years, and still no checkmate???

  16. Alan Light says:
    April 12, 2019 at 5:51 pm
    hey, browndog, it’s an extension, it doesn’t affect this year. This is why Vikings play chess while others play checkers…they act without thinking.
    _________

    Yes, that probably explains all of those NFL Championships they’ve collected over the years.

  17. What do you people not understand about extension? That means he plays this year under his existing contract!! Plus getting the signing bonus.

  18. tollisonsmith says:
    April 12, 2019 at 5:50 pm
    You had him another year at $4 million and then you could franchise tag a few more years. Why do the deal?
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    Well, let’s see how that would work and see if your idea would work…
    First, it appears he was signed at $7.1 mil for this year.

    Franchise Tag for 2019 is $16 mil
    Let’s assume a slight increase and call it $17 mil for 2020.
    Then 2021 comes with a 20% raise on that to $20,400,000.
    Then 2022 comes with another 20% raise on that to $24,480,000
    So for the years 2020-2022 you’d be paying him $61,880,000, plus $7 mil this year, for a total of about $69 mil.

    Or, you could sign him to a 4 year contract for $64 mil, and have a happy WR and the franchise tag still in your back pocket.
    This is all just an estimate of course, as salaries are going higher and so is the franchise tag price.

  19. A.T. 19! Congratulations to you man.
    All the hardwork and dedication has paid off for you to play for your childhood team!!!
    SKOL and bring home our first ever SB Trophy my dawg!!!

  20. Wafflestomp says:
    April 12, 2019 at 5:49 pm
    Hopefully this new contract will motivate him to get his nose in the playbook.
    It’s quite embarrassing to have your QB showing you how to run routes on the sideline during the biggest game of the year.
    ////////
    Bro, if you’re going to open the door, I’m going to walk through it.

    I would say it is much better to have a new QB and WR discussing on the sideline which route to run against a defense rather than have a veteran QB drawing WR routes in the dirt during a huddle, or changing the route and plays a HC sends in, and then yelling at the WR that he didn’t do what you just made up. But what do I know, the “best regular season QB” in the game just took his team to a vaunted 6-9-1 record.

  21. Cap hell will continue to demolish that team, You have to think with their roster top heavy, other key overpriced players will get the axe.

    Treadwell will be dealt.

    NO way they win anything with so many overpaid players with a weak middle and back end roster now with these contracts.

  22. Alan Light says:
    April 12, 2019 at 5:45 pm
    bobmillion, what are you talking about? Vikings have $15 million next year and cap goes up around 10 each year, plus we will decide what bigger contracts are no longer needed or renegotiate. Players take less to stay with a world class organization like the Vikings. Plus we have the best capologist in the NFL. We always plan 2-3 years in advance. Get a clue.

    ————————————–
    Spotrac has the Vikings at $185 million in active contracts with Adam’s new contract for this year and next. They sill need at $4 million or so this year for rookies and injury replacements. Probably closer to $5 million next year for rookies. There is no new Thursday night contract this year to really bump the cap or any other TV deal, just some on-line stuff so maybe the cap goes to $195, which before cutting anyone, 2020 is spent. So again who gets cut or contract adjusted to keep other free agents who will now all hit the open market. And still no help for the bad O-line.

    Before calling yourself a world class organization try winning something first! At least every body else in your division has won a championship! Maybe that is the Vikings issue no one will take less because they are one of the perennial loser teams to never win a Championship, so there is your clue.

  23. bobmillion
    Apr 12, 2019, 5:41 PM EDT
    Before Thielen’s new contract they have no cap space this year or next, how are they going to pay him. Or, Who are they going to cut or trade, some like Waynes, Smith or Rhodes or are they going to dump all there mid-level talent guys and troll through what’s left of the AAF. If, someone gets hurt they are done. And, the still really haven’t addressed their O-line or will it be mostly rookies which equals a really bad offense.

    Probably all of the pending free agents next year will be gone, maybe they can dump some this year for draft picks.
    ———————————-
    You sir have no idea why you’re talking about it should I say you are just a blabber mouth?

  24. Congrats AT! Now we get to see four more years of him yelling at his QB on the sidelines.

  25. Alan Light says:
    April 12, 2019 at 5:42 pm
    Vikings are set for years to come. It’s what world class organizations do…

    ————————

    Do “World Class Organizations” win only 8 games and miss the playoffs with the “wealth” of talent they have?

    I’m glad they are “set for years to come”. Set on a downward course.

  26. Dare I say that Rob Brzezinski is a magician? Everyone keeps saying the Vikings can’t make any moves because of the cap situation, and they just keep giving fair market contracts to their best players. It will be interesting to see how this is structured and what the next move is.

  27. variant703 says:
    April 12, 2019 at 5:27 pm
    Wonder how much money he lost since cousins joined the team.

    ——————————————
    So you think having your best statistical season is going to lose a player money?

  28. Wisconsin Is SUPERIOR! says:
    April 12, 2019 at 6:54 pm
    Alan Light says:
    April 12, 2019 at 5:42 pm
    Vikings are set for years to come. It’s what world class organizations do…

    ————————

    Do “World Class Organizations” win only 8 games and miss the playoffs with the “wealth” of talent they have?

    I’m glad they are “set for years to come”. Set on a downward course
    _____
    Tisk tisk waffle

  29. Thielen could have threatened a holdout or demanded a trade if he didn’t get what he wanted. No drama, no theatrics. He played exceptionally well and was rewarded. Congratulations to him for earning this, and hats off to the team for doing right by him. You don’t have to be a fan of the team to appreciate this.

  30. “Thielen, 28, has 293 receptions for 3,897 yards and 19 touchdowns in his five seasons.”

    Makes you realize how good AB is. He had 15 touchdowns last year alone!

  31. Thielen is a punk. Mentally weak. Against NE, after getting into BB’s face, NE steamrolled the Vikes.

  32. It ain’t easy being cheesy:
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    Actually, it was his quarterback getting on him about ONE route he ran wrong.
    Thielen acknowledged after the game it was his own mistake. Nothing to see here.

  33. viper1550: You are absolutely right. Brown is an exceptional talent. While Thielen has thrived against opposing teams the second or third best DBs more often than not, Brown gets it done against No. 1 corners who usually get help. And that’s coming from someone who loves Thielen’s game. Now if only Antonio could take a page out of Thielen’s book and tone down the drama…

  34. Alan Light says:
    April 12, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Cousins is paid less than Rodgers and has a better record since 2015. Think about it, Fiesty…
    ____________________________________________

    Did you look at the record of the teams only over that time, or the record of teams when those QBs were actually playing? Rodgers was injured a few games if you recall, and that killed their record. Also, if you trade the defenses on those other teams with Green Bay during that time, Rodgers’ record would be MUCH better. Cousins is not the reason for a better record over that time.

  35. For those of you who are not the brightest, by extending thielen his cap hit this yr goes down which adds cap space. In reality it will cost about 3 million to sign draft picks. So with the thielen extension and after draft picks are signed the vikes will have roughly 2 million in cap space left. Boom

  36. He’s 28 and they have him for this year.
    They are paying near top dollar for an older WR.
    This doesn’t sound like a good deal for the Vikings unless he’s cuttable after 2 years.
    Then they are paying market rate for 2 years.
    It’s ok, but not great.

  37. After the Patriots game that guy was a ghost. Lot of players getting paid from fluky season that did not net the team a Superbowl. And now theyre all fat off contracts and 2 years older. This is not a Superbowl winning formula. Patriots know it’s a young and underaid man’s game….yet every other team seems to be content to play the public relations game.

  38. Wafflestomp says:
    April 12, 2019 at 5:49 pm
    Hopefully this new contract will motivate him to get his nose in the playbook.
    It’s quite embarrassing to have your QB showing you how to run routes on the sideline during the biggest game of the year.
    —–
    Meanwhile Rodgers was pouting in the trainers office and the rest of the team was being shut out by the lions. Plenty to worry about on your own team.

  39. Alan Light says:
    April 12, 2019 at 5:19 pm
    Great move by the Vikings…makes him a Viking for life. Vikings reward productivity no matter the cap tightness. A great team culture that other NFLers would love to be a part of and why many take less to be a part of.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    You’re saying Thielen was offered a lot more, preferred to take less, all in order to make the team culture stronger?

    As Lisa Douglas would say……….”How wonderful!”

  40. Wow. $16-18.5 per year? Sure Brown and OBJ already hacked off, LOL. Guys are pulling down $125-150 k per catch now. Only a way to go and they came make that $100 k + per inning that pitchers make

  41. aypeeswhippingstick says:
    April 12, 2019 at 5:48 pm
    It’s what world class organizations do…

    World Class? Zero Superbowls and a history of over paying and under achieving. That’s one world I want no part of.

  42. Treadwell will be the next Patterson and go play with the Brady bunch and win a ring Onnnnly after he wins one in MN.

  43. All they had to do was beat Chicago at home in week 17, and they were in the playoffs last year. Sounds simple enough. Thielen did what he always does in big games – 3 catches for 38 yards. Another choke.

    I think losing comes more naturally to him because he’s actually from MN.

  44. I wish my boys would have been in “cap hell” with a solid defense instead of wasting 14 years of elite QBing. Now, we finally got rid of Ted and our franchise QB is shot and ridiculously overpaid.

  45. All I can say is after taking a closer look at Thielen’s contract, I’m extremely happy that the Packers took care of Davante Adams when they did.
    Saved themselves a boatload of $$$.

  46. Ya’ll realize he has 2 years left before this would kick in? My guess is they spread some of that money around to the front two years to balance it out. Theoretically then this contract would be an 8 year deal worth between $83-93 million. Vikings got a WR1 for a team friendly less than $12 million a year.

  47. Frazier28/7 says:
    April 12, 2019 at 5:23 pm
    Worth every penny.

    A great story, a great Viking and a great human being.
    __________

    Great human being? You can’t be serious.
    Of course, when the bar’s set so low, as it is in Minnesota, competing with the likes of Randy Moss and Adrian Peterson, I guess anything’s possible.
    But honestly, Adam Thielen is nothing more than an arrogant jerk!

    He embarrassingly got into a shouting match, dropping F-Bombs at a future Hall of Fame coach.
    He wilted under the pressure of a little extra attention down the stretch, a situation under which truly great WRs thrive.
    And then he was completely unprepared and became unglued, arguing with his QB during the most important game of the year.
    A game that would decide their postseason future.

    Most local fans would be livid, but not the Barneys.
    They’ve got their fat heads planted so deep in the sands of Loserville, they, in fact, believe he should be rewarded.
    And rewarded early.

    I mean, it’s comical, just reread some of these goofy comments on this thread alone.
    World Class Organization? Playing chess, while the rest of the league plays checkers? Players take less money to play in Minnesota? Best receiver in the league?
    He’s not even the best receiver in his own division!

    But, by all means, please keep overpaying for all of that 8-7-1 talent!

    Sincerely, the rest of the NFC North!!!

  48. Hey Waffle I got a few nuggets for you. The game for the division in 2015 Thielen had a 26 yard run, 40 yard fake punt and a 16 yard catch to help the team win that game. As a starter he has lost to the Packers once but had 202 yards and 2 TDs in that game. He was held under 100 yards twice against the Packers. One game he had 96 yards and the other game was the 16-0 shutout when the Vikings basically ran out the clock the entire game because the Packers were having problems just getting past mid field. Thielen is a Viking fan and he hates the Packers. He’s going to haunt you for a long time. Have fun.

  49. fbfan says:
    April 12, 2019 at 5:59 pm
    Alan Light says:
    April 12, 2019 at 5:51 pm
    hey, browndog, it’s an extension, it doesn’t affect this year. This is why Vikings play chess while others play checkers…
    ————
    So, they’ve been playing chess for almost 60 years, and still no checkmate???
    _________

    You just won the internet today

  50. Wafflestomp says:
    April 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm
    ///////
    Why do you dislike him so much? By all accounts he’s a great guy, on and off the field. Pointing out a few words between Bilichick or his own QB is just silliness on your part. If it wasn’t for that competitive fire Thielen never would have made it in the NFL. I’ve never heard one person, ever, say anything bad about Thielen. Perhaps you’re just jealous of that. But not to worry, he’s not on your team so why do you even care?

  51. conormacleod says:
    April 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm
    Wafflestomp says:
    April 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm
    ///////
    Why do you dislike him so much? By all accounts he’s a great guy, on and off the field. Pointing out a few words between Bilichick or his own QB is just silliness on your part. If it wasn’t for that competitive fire Thielen never would have made it in the NFL. I’ve never heard one person, ever, say anything bad about Thielen. Perhaps you’re just jealous of that. But not to worry, he’s not on your team so why do you even care?
    __________

    What’s there to be jealous of?
    The Packers have a wideout in Davante Adams, who’s much better. Adams came out of the same draft class, and has been facing double teams the last two seasons, and he excelled even though he was catching passes from Brett Hundley.
    He’s collected more catches for more yards and notched 20 more Tds than Thielen.
    Again, explain it to me, what’s there to be jealous of?

    Why do the Barneys always hate on Aaron Rodgers?
    Isn’t he allowed to have the same competitive fire as Thielen.
    If he’s short on the field with a teammate, he’s simply trying to get them on the same page in the heat of the battle.
    Rodgers also gives off the field, as he’s a big sponsor of the MACC Fund and the hospital of childhood cancers charity.

    If there’s one thing that’s been proven over the last 2 weeks, Rodgers sure has a lot of former teammates that credit him for his leadership skills and friendship.
    The outpouring of love he’s received since the Bleacher Report gossip-fest came out, has shown that beyond a shadow of a doubt.
    But that’s all different, right?
    Hypocrites.

  52. I love these few fans that are consistent on here continuing to babble, boast and blah blah blah about the defense and “Rob Brzezinski is a magician.” The Vikings haven’t won anything with the current team or any team in the past. We suck and we have a second string QB that is heavily overrated and over paid! Rob Brzezinski can make all the delusional fantasy moves you want to believe, but none of it matters until we finally win our first Superbowl.

  53. Funny how people complain about his stats and how he hasn’t had enough production over his 5 yrs to warrant his contract. I guess people dont understand that they pay you for what you are going to do not what you have done

  54. bobmillion / Alan Light
    >>>><<<<
    Including the existing Thielen contract,…….. Minn had $2.4 mil left on the cap,… figuring the top 51 contracts. So they could shed some contracts and pick up a few more $$$$.
    This new deal is an extension,… He's under his previous deal for this and next years,…. unless Minn is changing his current deal for signing bonus. Spread it out as long as you can.

  55. Jeffrey Julian says:
    April 12, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    After the Patriots game that guy was a ghost./////

    The Vikings didn’t have a good passing game but that ghost caught a TD that day.

  56. No surprise here. Thielen’s agent signaled that he could potentially hold out earlier in February, for those that can read between the lines, when he purposefully released a public statement: “I would never condone a player to hold out or be disruptive if it wasn’t for a very valid reason, and [what’s not] a valid reason, to me, is both sides working in good faith to come to a conclusion that makes sense for everybody.” Thielen wanted his money, just like any other player. I’m sure he loves Minnesota, but he’s not some altruistic individual that puts the team before being paid well.

    No, Rob Brzezinski isn’t a genius for figuring out a way to sign a key player to an extension. There are plenty of good cap guys out there, and Brzezinski is one of many. I don’t understand the need for Vikings’ fans to proclaim that their people are the best (Zimmer, Spielman, etc) or that everyone wants to come to Minnesota when the same things are going on with many other teams- you don’t hear those fans squawking. Plenty of players have bypassed signing with Minnesota and I didn’t notice any key offensive linemen banging down the door in Minnesota to take less money to play with an 8-7-1 team.

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