Adam Thielen – WR, Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings essentially announced a firesale Thursday, trading defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to the Baltimore Ravens and eating $4 million of Ngakoue’s signing bonus after just six games.
If “everything must go,” and Vikings general manager Rick Spielman is tearing apart Minnesota’s roster to contend in the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes, Gettleman should immediately place a call on Thielen’s availability.
Thielen, 30, is in the first year of a $64.2 million contract extension signed last year with the Vikings an immensely productive receiver despite the chaos around him in Minnesota’s offense and quarterback Kirk Cousins’ inconsistency.
Through the first six weeks of the season, Thielen has caught 32 passes for 415 yards and seven touchdowns, while averaging 13 yards per reception.
The Vikings appear to have landed an elite, field-stretching receiver in first-round rookie Justin Jefferson and might be inclined to move Thielen to get out of his contract and acquire a draft pick. Thielen would be ideal for the Giants, because even if the asking price is a third-round pick, he would be under the Giants’ control for at least the next three seasons.