With the NFL’s salary cap set for 2023, we can now start predicting what many teams will do with some of their veterans under contract. For the Buffalo Bills, there isn’t much wiggle room outside of making some serious contract restructures.
But, a team like the Minnesota Vikings could see quite a few veterans cut this spring, as they look to get younger at certain positions and save some money against the cap in which to use on the defensive side of the ball, primarily.
One of the veterans the Vikings could part with is longtime Minnesota native, wide receiver Adam Thielen. Cutting Thielen would save the Vikings a little over $6 million. They could also try to trade him if they found the right team, but his salary counts nearly $20 million against the cap this year.
Should he be cut, the Bills could be a great landing spot for Thielen.
Adam Thielen would give the Buffalo Bills offense exactly what it is lacking
Diggs and Thielen spent five seasons together in Minnesota before the former was traded to Buffalo. Between the two of them, they amassed 6,000 receiving yards from 2016-2018 and became one of the NFL’s best duos at the position.
Just a few weeks ago, prior to the Bills getting knocked out of the playoffs, Thielen was asked about who he hopes wins it all at a golf outing and stated that he “hopes Buffalo wins for Diggs,” whom is obviously a good friend.
The Bills have to find another solid option at receiver this offseason to play next to Diggs. It doesn’t appear as though Gabriel Davis can be a reliable second wideout, but more so a third option. The Bills have a lot of guys who function better at third or fourth options, honestly, and Thielen’s experience and skill set would immediately launch him into the WR2 position on the depth chart.
Thielen likely wouldn’t be happy about leaving Minnesota, but one aspect of a move that could make it easier on him is if he ended up playing alongside a good friend like Diggs.