Vikings receiver Adam Thielen wins much less than Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs. And Thielen and the Vikings both seem intent on reducing that gap.
Agent Blake Baratz, appearing on SKOR North in Minnesota, expressed optimism about negotiating an adjusted deal for Thielen, who became one of the NFL's top receivers. Baratz thinks this will happen without Thielen holding hands.
"Adam is not that kind of person," said Baratz, via Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com. "I would never tolerate that a player hold or disturb if it was not for a very valid reason, and [what’s not] a valid reason for me is that both parties are working in good faith to reach a conclusion that makes sense to everyone. "
Baratz added that Adam wanted to stay in Minnesota and that the Vikings wanted to financially reward Thielen, a local success story that came almost from nowhere to become a star player.
"No one is greedy," said Baratz. "Everyone understands the situation and it's really their yard. He still has a few years to go, but he has earned a significant salary increase. "
Thielen enters the third season of a basic contract worth $ 19 246 million over four years. Diggs has signed a $ 72 million, five-year contract.
The Vikings paid large contracts to their core of key players (with the exception of linebacker Anthony Barr). With quarterback Kirk Cousins earning $ 28 million a year on a three-year contract, there will only be a lot of money left for other players and positions. In a league of happy passes, however, it makes sense that teams find several great receivers and pay them accordingly.