Questions Answered: Adam Thielen Landing Spots, Diggs’ Unhappiness, Free Agent Defenders

Nov 24, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) makes a touchdown reception against the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports.

The following questions are about current Minnesota Vikings topics, answered by PurplePTSD. Today is the January 23rd edition, addressed in a from-the-hip fashion. If you have questions, please email them to DustinBakerNFL@gmail.com.

Also, please note: These are opinion-based responses. Some answers will be incorrect from time to time. But we’ll try to keep that to a minimum.

Questions Answered: Adam Thielen Landing Spots, Diggs’ Unhappiness, Free Agent Defenders

Q: If Adam Thielen does leave the Vikings, where do you think he will end up?

Oct 4, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the third quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

A: Our off-the-cuff shortlist speculates the Houston Texans, New England Patriots, or Green Bay Packers.

Houston, for now, doesn’t have worldbeaters at wide receiver, and Thielen could theoretically get the targets he craves with such a group. The Patriots would enjoy Thielen’s surehandedness, and he kind of feels like a Patriot (if he will not be a Viking, that is.) And then for the Packers, well, Thielen and Aaron Rodgers are buddies, and Green Bay will probably lose Allen Lazard to free agency this offseason.

These are all theories. None are based on tips or insider information.

Q: Do you think Stefon Diggs’ little rage session during the loss to the Bengals turns into a thing?

Jan 23, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) celebrates with running back Devin Singletary (26) after scoring at two point conversion against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half in an AFC Divisional playoff football game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports.

A: No, we believe he was just showcasing the fiery spirit — that he’s always maintained — and was mad about losing.

And why shouldn’t he be upset? The Bills were at home, lost despite having the entire world [sans the state of Ohio] in their corner, and have now crumbled three consecutive years short of the Super Bowl.

Diggs will always be a lovable and humanitarian firebrand, and we don’t foresee his tantrum turning into a thing.

It happens.

Q: Who would be the best free-agent defender the Vikings could land in free agency?

Jan 22, 2023; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (49) looks on during warmups before an AFC divisional round game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports.

A: Well, probably Diggs’ teammate — linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. Daron Payne, a Pro Bowl defensive tackle from the Washington Commanders, is interesting, too.

The Vikings should find a premiere defender via free agency and then draft defensively as they did in 2022. Edmunds and Payne are guaranteed stars that will be expensive but anchor their positions.

After Minnesota clears cap space by restructuring, releasing, or trading longtime veterans, it should have an impressive satchel of cash to spend on free agents. Too, Vikings fans must always trust Rob Brzezinski to figure out the cap math.

Edmunds and Payne would be exciting. Sign us up.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).

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