Vikings DE Danielle Hunter Reworks Contract

10:38am: The Vikings converted $8MM of Hunter’s $10.9MM salary into a signing bonus, according to ESPN’s Courtney Cronin (via Twitter). The pass-rushers $14.5MM cap hit has been reduced to $9MM.

8:33am: Danielle Hunter has reworked his contract. The NFL’s transactions page listed the defensive end as having “signed, renegotiated contract,” per Chris Tomasson of TwinCities.com.

It’s unclear how Hunter’s contract has changed. Tomasson notes that $10.4MM of Hunter’s $10.9MM 2020 base salary was set to become fully-guaranteed on Friday. The Vikings have been scrambling around for some extra cap space, and restructuring contracts is one natural solution.

The 2015 third-round pick has emerged into one of the NFL’s top pass rushers, earning a pair of Pro Bowl nods during his five years with Minnesota. That includes a 2019 campaign where Hunter compiled 70 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, and 14.5 sacks – the second-straight season that he’s finished with that many sacks.

The Vikings’ cap problems may have played a role in their breakup with Everson Griffen. Yesterday, the player’s agent said they’ve “broken off talks with Minnesota because they have to spend their money elsewhere.”

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14 comments on “Vikings DE Danielle Hunter Reworks Contract

  1. leefieux

    Why would a momma give him a girls’ name? Was ‘A Boy Named Sue’ playing on the radio when he was born? Maybe Da’Neal would’ve been better? Just a thought. :)

  2. Daniel

    I can’t be expected to believe after everything else, Reiff won’t be restructured or traded or something…anything. The next guess would be Kyle Rudolph restructure, then well is looking to be getting dry.

    • monymgr

      I’m thinking Rieff, Barr, Rudolph, Smith and maybe Hendricks are all being asked to restructure their contracts . With all the turn over on the “D” side of the ball the Vikes need funds to sign a few free agents .

    • monymgr

      I’m thinking Rieff, Barr, Rudolph, Smith and maybe Hendricks are all being asked to restructure their contracts . With all the turn over on the “D” side of the ball the Vikes need funds to sign a few free agents .

  3. Daniel

    Maybe they’ll offer something similar to Harris, big signing bonus to lighten the 1st yr cap hit. Create more cap space yet again.

  4. nentwigs

    Class Act Mr. Hunter.
    Both the Vikings’ organization and it’s fans appreciate your attitude and cooperation in this matter.
    Too bad that same statement cannot be made with regard to some of your now former teammates….
    BUT, I won’t mention any names….

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