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Author: Jon Kuzma
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Mike Zimmer is a defensive guy but he knows that he has to oversee a lot more than just the defense as a head football coach. Which is exactly why the Minnesota Vikings are paying Adam Thielen $64M dollars over the next four years to keep putting points on the board against those tough NFC North defenses.
Thielen has already done a great job of that after bursting onto the scene as an undrafted free agent. Since then (2014) Thielen has recorded 3,897 yards and 19 touchdowns proving he’s a tough match-up for any defensive back. He’s actually coming off back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons as well so this is someone who knows how to catch the football. On film Thielen does great work as a red zone target for Kirk Cousins. Minnesota loves to target him on post routes once they’re near the goal line. Adam Thielen is only 6’1” but he definitely plays bigger than his height and there’s no replacing the veteran wide out. It almost feels like he’s more important than Kirk Cousins or Stefon Diggs. You could find another quarterback to replace Cousins or someone to fill the number 2 receiver position. Finding an alpha who can consistently beat teams down the field is much tougher and he just fits for this team and part of that is because he’s from Detroit Lakes Minnesota, born and raised in the state. Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman knew Thilen was a diamond in the rough and that’s why they made him the 6th highest paid receiver in the league. At $16M annually the 28 year old (Thielen) will make just as much money as Sammy Watkins. Of course Adam Thielen has been much better recently and it’s well deserved.
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Adam Thielen is the Minnesota Vikings most important offensive players and he’ll be around for the next four years.