After the Carolina Panthers traded wide receiver DJ Moore to the Chicago Bears in a package to acquire the first pick of the NFL Draft, many wondered who they would get to replace Moore. Sunday, the answer came in the form of free agent Adam Thielen.
The Panthers knew they had to make sure they had a few targets for their quarterback, whoever it may be. The consensus is they will pick a QB with that first pick, assuming they decide to keep it.
That process begins with the addition of Adam Thielen, who will be in Charlotte for the foreseeable future, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Per Rapoport (via Twitter): “Sources: The #Panthers are finalizing a 3-year deal with former #Vikings WR Adam Thielen, as his second act begins in Carolina.”
Thielen played all nine seasons in his career with the Minnesota Vikings. He grew up in Minnesota, and he went to college at Minnesota State. He had expressed a desire to stay with the Vikings, but the contract situation was something that couldn’t get agreed upon. As a result, Minnesota decided to release the hometown receiver, with the move viewed as expendable with Justin Jefferson and KJ Osborn in the fold.
Last season, Thielen had 70 catches for 716 yards and six touchdowns for the Vikings. His career highs in catches (113) and yards (1,373) came in 2018, and 2020 was the season he had the most touchdowns (14).
Now, Thielen has found a new home in Carolina, and he’ll be leaned on to make things as easy for the Panthers’ new quarterback as possible.