4 cheap WRs the Vikings can sign to replace Adam Thielen

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Richie James, New York Giants

Fans of the Minnesota Vikings probably found themselves cursing the name Richie James during the team’s two matchups against the New York Giants. The young receiver just couldn’t be stopped by Minnesota’s struggling defense.

A seventh-round pick of the 49ers in 2018, James’ contribution increased with each of his three years there before signing a one-year deal with the Giants worth $1.065 million and having a bit of a breakout year.

In 2022, the five-foot-nine and 185-pound receiver caught 57 passes for 569 yards and four touchdowns while registering his best year in catch percentage. At 27 years old, he could have a very bright future if he continues to evolve.

If the Vikings want to get the most bang for their buck in free agency, Richie James might be one of the best investments currently in the free agent wide receiver pool and could fit well with what Minnesota does offensively.