Vikings’ 3-Time Pro Bowler to Sign $110 Million Deal

The Minnesota Vikings chose not to extend Danielle Hunter on a multiyear deal over the offseason — a decision that is going to cost the franchise one way or another.

 

Hunter is bound for free agency next March and has a clause in his reworked contract that stipulates the Vikings cannot apply the franchise tag to him. In other words, the only way Minnesota can stop Hunter from leaving is to sign him to a new contract, and he isn’t going to be cheap.

 

Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report projected on Monday, November 13, that Hunter will sign a four-year deal for $110 million in 2024 after he hits the open market and starts a bidding war for the NFL’s most successful pass-rusher through 10 weeks of play.

 

 

Hunter should interest any team with pass-rushing needs and a fair amount of cap space because he is a scheme-versatile defender. He has experience rushing from the defensive end spot and as a linebacker, although he’s having a career season under first-year Vikings defensive coordinator Brian Flores.

 

Flores’ system utilizes a three-man front that allows Hunter to come off the edge as a dedicated pressure man. Disguised blitzes have been a big part of Flores’ strategy this season, and no team has blitzed at a higher rate.

 

Contract-wise, the four-year, $98 million extension that Montez Sweat just signed with the Chicago Bears is probably a starting point for the 29-year-old Hunter.

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