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Big dollars for Detroit Lakes native Adam Thielen

Big dollars for Detroit Lakes native Adam Thielen

The 28-year-old began last season with eight straight games of at least 100 yards receiving, but Thielen's production dipped in the second half of the season.

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. Thielen quickly outplayed the four-year deal, however, boosting its value by $4.1 million in its first two years by triggering incentives and base salary escalators after a pair of Pro Bowl seasons.

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The receiver finished with 1,373 yards and nine touchdowns was set to make $7.1 million in 2019. In five seasons with the Vikings, the Detroit Lakes, Minn., and Minnesota State Mankato product has 293 catches for 3,897 yards and 19 touchdowns. Since the start of the 2016 season, Thielen ranks tied in the National Football League in third-down receptions (82), seventh in receptions (273) and seventh in receiving yards (3,616). Per Spotrac, the undrafted free agent has made more than $14 million throughout his career.

Six years later, Thielen is now not only regarded as one of the best receivers to ever play for the Vikings, but he is also among the best current pass catchers in the entire NFL.


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