The Minnesota Vikings have secured the services of pass rusher Danielle Hunter for another season, as the two parties have agreed to a new one-year contract. The deal, which is worth $17 million in guaranteed money, includes the potential for Hunter to earn up to $20 million through sack incentives.
This news comes as a relief to Vikings fans, as there had been recent trade rumors surrounding Hunter’s name. However, the team was determined to keep their edge rush department intact and did not want to weaken their defense by parting ways with the standout player.
In the 2022 season, Hunter demonstrated his skills by recording 65 tackles and 10.5 sacks, which earned him his third Pro Bowl nod. These impressive numbers made it clear that he was deserving of a new and improved contract.
Hunter had been playing on a five-year, $72 million contract that was signed back in 2018. However, as the pass rush market exploded in recent years, this deal became less enticing. The Vikings were hesitant to offer a long-term contract extension due to concerns over Hunter’s past injuries. He missed the entire 2020 season and only played seven games in 2021, raising questions about his long-term durability.
The agreement reached between Hunter and the Vikings represents a compromise that benefits both parties. Hunter will receive a significant raise this year, offering him financial security, while also providing him with the opportunity to explore free agency in 2024.
Hunter will not be the only new addition to the Vikings’ outside linebacker corps. The team has also acquired free agent Marcus Davenport, who opted for a one-year contract. Davenport aims to rebuild his market value after a challenging 2022 season with the New Orleans Saints.
With Hunter and Davenport on board, the Vikings’ defense is poised to be a formidable force in the upcoming season. Hunter’s presence on the field has proven to be a game-changer, and his return is undoubtedly a welcome development for the team and its fans.
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