Report: Vikings not exploring trade for Daniel Hunter despite interest

Report: Vikings not exploring trade for Daniel Hunter despite interest

Hunter makes sense as part of a trade, but it looks like he’ll stay in Minnesota for now.

Despite the outside interest, the Vikings are not currently exploring a trade involving star pass rusher Daniel Hunter, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
Hunter could be Minnesota’s most realistic trade target if the franchise decides to trade before Oct.
31.
That’s because Kirk Cousins ​​isn’t considering waiving his no-trade clause.
The three-time Pro Bowler, who leads the NFL with 8.0 sacks through six weeks, will naturally get a lot of attention from teams. But for now, the Vikings seem likely to keep Hunter, who turns 29 this month and becomes a free agent in the spring.

Three-time Pro Bowler Daniel Hunter is a player many executives are keeping a close eye on. If there were, it would be a huge market.
Several teams pointed out that the reworked one-year, $17 million bridge contract has a base salary of $10 million, which is reasonable for a player of his caliber and flexible for trade purposes.
Here are my thoughts on Minnesota and Hunter. The Vikings have expressed interest in trading him absent a new contract should he be unable to re-sign during the offseason.
They haven’t pursued a deal for Hunter recently, despite outside interest.
There is a sense in the building that Hunter, who leads the league in scoring, has value for an undrafted team.

So there is a sense that it would take a significant deal to release him.
A league executive who thinks highly of Hunter said he can’t give up a first-round pick, saying it might be necessary.

It’s true that it won’t be easy for the Vikings to qualify for the postseason.
At 2-4, they are just a few games out of a tie for seventh in the NFC and have four one-point losses against teams that made the playoffs last season.
If the Vikings can win at least one of their two games before the trade deadline (vs.
San Francisco Monday night, Green Bay), the schedule is expected to open up a bit in November.

Hunter is a very important player for the Vikings as they try to get back to the playoffs.
Especially with fellow OLB Marcus Davenport on injured reserve this week.
He is the team’s best and most consistent player.

However, it seems difficult to completely write off the Hunter deal at this point.
What if the Vikings lose their next two games and fall to 2-6?
Even if not, what if a team decides to offer a first-round pick?
The Jaguars have been linked to Hunter since the offseason, and they actually make a logical fit as a contending team that could use another pass rusher.

Fowler said the Vikings are not shopping Hunter at this time. But things can always change in the NFL.

 

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