MINNEAPOLIS — One of the most popular players on the Minnesota Vikings will remain clad in purple and ready to "hit the ground running" next season.
On Friday morning, two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Adam Thielen made the announcement on a video made through his agency on social media.
The Detroit Lakes native said he is restructuring his contract in order to stay with the team.
"What's up, Vikings fans? I just wanted to say I guess you can't get rid of me yet," Thielen said in the video. "I'm super excited to be back in purple to ultimately try to bring a championship to this city that so much deserves it. I'm so excited about the leadership and everything that's being put in place in this organization, and I can't wait to get back to work and to really build on something special."
Earlier this month, the Vikings and quarterback Kirk Cousins agreed to a one-year contract extension. Cousins was scheduled to carry a salary-cap charge of more than $45 million, making it imperative for the Vikings to reduce that number either by trading the quarterback or extending him with a deal that would flatten out his guaranteed money.
Thielen had been set to have a $16.8 million cap hit this upcoming season and his new contract is expected to bring that number down significantly.
Watch more of Minnesota sports:
Watch the latest sports videos - from high school hockey to the Minnesota Vikings and everything in between - in our YouTube playlist: