Report: Danielle Hunter is Not Happy With Current Deal
This is not what the Minnesota Vikings need right now, but it's the unfortunate reality of the business end of the NFL.
Chad Graff from The Athletic is reporting that star defensive end Danielle Hunter is not happy with his current five-year, $72 million contract that he signed in 2018. Gaff is reporting that Hunter is "exploring all options."
Those options could include demanding a trade or maybe deciding to not show up at team activities like training camp, or he could even decide to find a new management team that could get him off the team. Hunter did tweet support for Elite Athlete Management today though saying, "#elitefam for life. For the record😒."
It's what Hunter didn't say in that tweet that has Vikings fans worried, he didn't clear up anything "for the record" about the Vikings or what his status is with them, so one can easily assume that things are a little chilly between the two parties right now, hopefully, I'm wrong.
Hunter was drafted by the Vikings in the 3rd round of the 2015 NFL Draft and has been selected to two Pro Bowls and was first-team All-Pro in 2019. In his time with the Vikings Hunter has 276 tackles, 54.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, and 2 defensive touchdowns. So he's certainly worth what the team is paying him and more.
What complicates things, even more, is that Hunter is coming off an injury and surgery. Hunter was put on injured reserve in September and had surgery to clean up a herniated disk in his neck. So stay tuned, I can't imagine the Vikings want to lose him right now, but the Vikings don't have a ton of money to use with the smaller salary cap this year in the NFL.