Wide receiver Adam Thielen was thought to be either a cap casualty cut or trade piece this offseason due to his massive cap hit in 2022. Minnesota Vikings fans can take a sigh of relief, though. The veteran pass-catcher will be staying on the team after agreeing to a restructured contract on Friday.
Thielen even took the time to heckle fans on a video posted to Twitter, saying "I guess you can't get rid of me yet." He went on to explain his goal of bringing a championship to the city of Minnesota. Keep in mind that the Vikings are winless across four all-time Super Bowl appearances.
Early reports suggest that Thielen's new deal includes a void year in 2025 as well as a significant signing bonus. His guaranteed 2022 base salary will also increase. Of course, all of these moves were made to decrease the $16.9 million cap hit he came with in 2022.
The 31-year-old has been one of quarterback Kirk Cousins' top targets over the last few years. Thielen racked up 726 yards and 10 touchdowns on 67 receptions this past season in 13 games played. He has averaged 12.9 yards per catch in his career and earned two Pro Bowl nods, too.
The Vikings have already made a few moves to improve their roster this offseason. Minnesota signed Cousins to an extension and inked linebacker Jordan Hicks to a deal in free agency. It wouldn't be surprising to see general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah make a few more with the newfound cash.
For now, the Vikings have odds set at +3600 to take home the Lombardi Trophy, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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