Thielen, a Detroit Lakes native who played his collegiate ball at Minnesota State-Mankato, got his most extensive playing time in 2016 and took full advantage of it.
He ended up as the team’s leading receiver by yardage, gaining 967 yards on 69 catches. Other receivers had more targets ( Stefon Diggs at 112 and Kyle Rudolph at 132) and catches (Diggs at 84 and Rudolph at 83), but Thielen averaged 14 yards per reception.
The Vikings rewarded that production with a three-year contract that is worth a reported $17 million with $11 million guaranteed and could push to $27 million with incentives, according to ESPN. He was a restricted free agent that the Vikings tendered with at a second-round level, but signing him to a longer deal was always a goal.