Vikings news: Adam Thielen 'hopeful' for contract extension with Minnesota
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Adam Thielen ‘hopeful’ for contract extension with Vikings

Adam Thielen, Vikings

It is no secret that Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen has become a staple of the team’s offense over the course of the last two seasons.

With Thielen once again impressing throughout the 2018 campaign, despite Minnesota’s overall struggles as a team, the Vikings will almost certainly attempt to retain the veteran wideout for the foreseeable future.

As a result, Thielen and his representation are currently very hopeful that a contract extension gets done in Minnesota.

“Adam’s not that type of person,” agent Blake Baratz said of his client potentially holding out, via SKOR North, an ESPN radio affiliate in the Twin Cities. “I would never condone a player to hold out or be disruptive if it wasn’t for a very valid reason, and [what’s not] a valid reason, to me, is both sides working in good faith to come to a conclusion that makes sense for everybody.”

The Vikings failed to reach the postseason as a result of the 2018-19 campaign, but Thielen was definitely not the problem for the middle-of-the-pack NFC North franchise.

“This team has a lot of really good things in place for it, and I know they want to take care of Adam and I know they want Adam there and I know they want to reward Adam,” Baratz added. “What exactly that looks like and when that happens, I can’t speak to yet, but I’m cautiously optimistic that everyone will come around and do the right thing. There’s not — no one’s being greedy. Everyone understands the situation and it’s really in their court. He has a couple of years left on his deal but he’s earned a significant pay raise. Not to mention what he’s done on the field, he might be one of the best people in the entire National Football League and represents the city and the organization and state and frankly, the entire region unbelievably.”

Minnesota finished the year in second place in the divisional standings, behind only the playoff-bound Chicago Bears.