WR Adam Thielen could make intriguing option for Cardinals if released

A talented wide receiver with connections to Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Drew Petzing could come available in the next few days. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and others, the Minnesota Vikings could release receiver Adam Thielen.

Thielen is 32 years old and entering his 10th NFL season but still is producing. While he no longer is the receiver that caught 113 passes for nearly 1,400 yards in 2018, he has caught at least 67 passes in each of the last three seasons and is coming off a 2022 in which he had 70 receptions for 716 yards and six touchdowns.

The Arizona Cardinals have a wide receiver room that is just fine for now. A trio of DeAndre Hopkins, Marquise Brown and Rondale Moore is enough to scare opposing defenses.

However, Hopkins is expected to be traded.

Thielen could make a nice, productive veteran addition to the unit.

Petzing, the Cardinals’ new offensive coordinator, knows Thielen well. He was on the Vikings’ offensive staff from 2014-2019 and was an assistant wide receivers coach or main wide receivers coach for three of those seasons.

The receiver position might not be a priority, but if Hopkins is moved and if Thielen ends up getting released, reuniting with Petzing might not be a bad match.

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