Adam Thielen Earned An Extra $550K After Making One Catch

By on November 27, 2018 in ArticlesSports News

Adam Thielen has had himself quite a productive year. He leads the league in receptions with 85 and is third in receiving yardage, amassing 1,013 through 10 games. His story is impressive, too – he's now got a $10 million guarantee after initially going to college on a $500 scholarship.

His hard work is paying off – literally.

About four minutes into the third quarter of the Vikings' 25-20 loss to the Bears, Thielen caught a 12-yard pass from Kirk Cousins. It was a fairly ho-hum catch; it gave the Vikings a first down, but the drive ultimately ended without any points.

It was a huge catch for Thielen, though, because it was his 80th reception of the season. That triggered a $300,000 incentive bonus in his contract. It also escalated his 2019 base salary by $250,000.

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In essence, Thielen's catch was worth $550,000.

The Vikings paid Thielen $1.5 million combined during the 2014, 2015, and 2016 seasons. And he made about a third of that with his 80th grab on Sunday.

Thielen is well on his way to setting career-high marks in receptions and receiving yards this season, and has already broken his single-season touchdown record. However, we have a feeling he'll look back on this catch a little more fondly.

We just hope he held onto that game ball. After all, it's worth a lot.

Articles Written by Joey Held
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