The Minnesota Vikings kicked off their offseason by releasing a couple fan-favorite veterans. LB Eric Kendricks already discovered a brand new group when free company started by signing with the Los Angeles Chargers, and now, it seems that the previous Vikings WR Adam Thielen has formally landed with a brand new group as properly.
Thielen announced via an Instagram story that he’s becoming a member of the Carolina Panthers, and NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport additionally reported that the contract will likely be a three-year deal in Carolina.
The 32-year-old broad receiver joins a Panthers group that just lately traded their main receiver D.J. Moore and different draft picks in order to acquire the No. 1 overall pick from the Chicago Bears.
Studies that Thielen may be a part of the Panthers started fluttering in all through the week, and now, he formally joins the NFC South group presumably as a high goal for whichever quarterback they draft with the highest decide in April.
Thielen joined the Vikings again in 2013 as a undrafted free agent out of Minnesota State College-Mankato, and up till now, he had spent his whole 10-year NFL profession in Minnesota. He spent that rookie season as a observe squad participant however didn’t see any enjoying time.
Nevertheless, as time progressed, he not solely labored his approach onto the roster and into the beginning lineup, however he made the Professional Bowl twice in each 2017 and 2018.
Total, Thielen appeared in 135 regular-season video games for the Vikings all through his profession there, together with 101 begins. He recorded 534 receptions, 6682 yards, and 55 TDs for Minnesota. He completed his enjoying profession ranked third in receptions, fourth in receiving yards, and third in receiving TDs in Vikings franchise historical past.
It gained’t take lengthy for the Vikings to see Thielen in a Panthers uniform, both. The 2 groups are set to sq. off through the 2023 common season as a result of NFC North and NFC South sharing a schedule this yr.
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