Two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Adam Thielen has agreed for a four-year contract extension with the Minnesota Vikings. The team announced this on Friday afternoon.
The details of this new deal were revealed in an Instagram post by the Team IFA, the agency that represents the 28-year-old receiver. Thielen would be making $64 million with the extension on a deal worth up to $73 million with incentives. NFL Network has also reported that Thielen received $35 million as guaranteed money.
The Vikings’ front office has continued their tendency of rewarding players with lucrative extensions, years before their contracts end. Thielen, who had 2 years remaining on the four-year extension he signed in March 2017, had outplayed his current contract. As per the current contract, he was set to be payed around $8 million in 2019. He will now be earning an average of $16 million per year.
Thielen is one of the eight players under contract in Minnesota through the 2022 season, a list that also includes Stefon Diggs, Anthony Barr, Everson Griffen, Eric Kendricks, Linval Joseph, Danielle Hunter, and Xavier Rhodes.
Thielen’s journey from an undrafted free agent who joined the Vikings after a rookie tryout in May 2013 has been remarkable. The Pro Bowler is coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons, which has marked a career-high 1,373 yards (fourth most in franchise history) and 113 receptions (3rd most in franchise history) and 9 receiving touchdowns last year.
The former Division II product became the first player in NFL history to record eight consecutive games last year with 100-plus receiving yards to start a season.