Salary: $8,100,000, 196th in the NFL
Comparable NBA salary: Deandre Ayton’s $8,175,840, 160th in the NBA
Thielen is one of the NFL’s best stories, going from an undrafted free agent in 2013 to one of the most productive wide receivers in the NFL for his hometown Minnesota Vikings (his childhood favorite team). He’s now a two-time Pro Bowler and one-time All-Pro selection. Last season, Thielen ranked fourth in the NFL in receptions (113), ninth in receiving yards (1,373), 10th in receiving touchdowns (9) and 10th in yards per touch (11.9). Ayton, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, is having a productive year for the Phoenix Suns – averaging 16.5 points and 10.3 rebounds while showing tremendous upside. Other NBA players in this pay range include Lou Williams ($8,000,000) and Garrett Temple ($8,000,000).