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Vikings, Thielen agree in principle to multi-year extension

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) makes a catch as Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills (31) defends in the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. James Lang / USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings announce the team has agreed in principle to a multi-year contract extension with wide receiver Adam Thielen.

Thielen, who will enter his sixth NFL season in 2019, has been named to consecutive Pro Bowls after the 2017 and 2018 seasons and is coming off a career year, recording 113 receptions (third most in team history) for 1,373 yards (fourth most in team history) and nine receiving touchdowns, all career highs. The Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, native became the first player in NFL history to record eight consecutive games with 100-plus receiving yards to start a season, doing so in the 2018 campaign.

Thielen, who attended Minnesota State University, Mankato, was named Second Team All-Pro by the Associated Press after the 2017 season when he helped guide the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game after posting 91 receptions (ninth most in team history) for 1,276 receiving yards (10th most in team history) and four touchdowns.

Originally entering the NFL in 2013 with the Vikings after going undrafted, Thielen has appeared in 80 career games with 46 starts and has totaled 293 receptions, 3,897 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns. Since the start of the 2016 season, Thielen ranks tied in the NFL in third-down receptions (82), seventh in receptions (273) and seventh in receiving yards (3,616).