Adam Thielen is severely underpaid, but his production with the Minnesota Vikings has allowed him to make more money through incentives and escalators.
Thielen leads the NFL with 93 catches, ranks second with 1,138 receiving yards and is tied for fifth with eighth touchdowns. His contract ranks 49th at his position.
He has already triggered a $600,000 bonus by surpassing 80 catches for the season and can earn another $500,000 if he is selected to his second Pro Bowl. He bumped his 2018 salary from $2.85 to $3.85 million by surpassing 90 catches last year, and has already boosted his 2019 salary from $3.85 to $5.85 million by triggering a pair of $1 million salary escalators for 90-catch seasons in 2017 and 2018. He could also nudge his 2020 salary from $5.35 to $8.35 million if he adds another 90-catch season next year.
In total, Thielen has already added $3.6 million in incentives and escalators to the four-year, $19.246 million contract he signed before the 2017 season.