5 players a new Vikings regime could get rid of in 2022

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Adam Thielen, wide receiver

Much like Harrison Smith, most fans of the Minnesota Vikings would love to see Adam Thielen finish his career with the purple and gold since he joined the team as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and worked his way up to a starting receiver.

Thielen will turn 32 years old this year but has been a big contributor to the team since becoming a starter in 2016. He has ten or more touchdown catches in the past two seasons. His value is still very high, which could make him a big candidate to be traded.

Minnesota could be looking to rebuild by moving on from many veterans and getting younger and cheaper at many positions. Releasing Thielen makes no sense since cutting him would only save about $5.7M, but trading him for draft capital is a different story.

Although it would be a surprising move to see Thielen be dealt away by the Vikings, it isn’t something completely out of the question. That’s especially true if the new general manager and coach don’t see him in their long-term plans.

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Which other players could be on the chopping block if the new head coach and general manager of the Minnesota Vikings decided to clean house? And who do you think would be safe from the storm? Let us know your opinion in the comments.