Adam Thielen entered this season as one of the best bargains in the NFL and has done everything in his power over the past few months to prove that he is in fact the best bargain of them all.
Signed to a 4-year, $19.2 million contract, Thielen recently wrapped up the best season of his career, albeit a little sooner than expected. He posted career highs in receptions (113), receiving yards (1,373) and receiving touchdowns (9), establishing himself as one of the best wide receivers in the league, even though his cost-effective contract doesn’t reflect it.
Still, when asked about his contract status, namely whether he’s likely to renegotiate this offseason as a way to cash in on his newfound status as a star, the 28-year-old from Detroit Lakes, Minn., stuck to his Midwestern roots so not to cause a commotion.
“I have an agent to control that,” Thielen said. “I’m not going to worry about it. I’ll let him do that. I’m just going to worry about getting better and trying to get back to training hard and doing the things in the past that have helped me get better.’’
His agent Blake Baratz did not immediately respond to a request from the Pioneer Press, though it’s hard to imagine that he doesn’t play hardball with the Vikings this offseason.
It’s not that Thielen will be making chump change. He has a base salary of $5.8 million next season thanks to salary escalator that kicked in for his 100-plus reception this season. That, coupled with his signing bonus and various incentive bonuses, means Thielen will actually carry a rather hefty $8.3 salary cap hit.