DE - MIN
Week 7 Outlook
DE Danielle Hunter and Vikings agree on restructured deal.
The Vikings get some much-needed cap space by converting Hunter’s $12.125 million base salary into a signing bonus. He has absent from OTAs but will report to minicamp after agreeing to a restructured deal. The 26-year-old (neck) missed all of last season with a herniated disc which required surgery in October. Hunter has been one of the league’s best defenders before the injury and his presence on the field only improves the Vikings' defensive line. Hunter racked up 70 tackles and 14.5 sacks across 16 games in 2019.
Per ProFootballTalk, DE Danielle Hunter is unhappy with his current contract and not attending Vikings' OTAs.
Even though Hunter signed a five-year contract worth $72M in 2018, he seems unhappy with its current state and is trying to show that by skipping OTAs. This absence is set to cost Hunter $100,000 tied to a workout bonus. The Vikings don't anticipate Hunter showing up for OTAs but don't seem to have concerns about his availability for the 2021 season. Hunter missed all of 2020 with a neck injury and seemingly doesn't have too much leverage at this point. In 2019, Hunter had 14.5 sacks with 70 combined tackles.
NFL's Tom Pelissero reports that Minnesota Vikings DE Danielle Hunter will undergo season-ending neck surgery.
The 2x Pro Bowler was placed on IR shortly before the start of the season and it was assumed he would finish rehabbing and return to the team. The Vikings 1-5 record may have something to do with the DE's decision to think long-term and not rush back. This announcement came shortly after news that DE Yannick Ngakoue was being traded to the Ravens after only playing six games for Minnesota. The Vikings D/ST is clearly in a full-on rebuild and should be avoided by fantasy managers at all costs.
DE Danielle Hunter (neck) is unlikely to come off the injured reserve next week when eligible. There is optimism that he will return this season.
Hunter has been dealing with a neck injury and was placed on the the injured reserve in early September. The Vikings star DE reportedly is not expected to come off the IR when eligible to return Week 4. He will need additional time to recover and is expected to come back at some point this season. Hunter is big part of the Vikings defensive front and should be considered week-to-week.
The Vikings have placed their star defensive end Danielle Hunter on IR, meaning Hunter will not be able to return to action until Week 4.
Hunter is a budding superstar at defensive end, earning 14.5 sacks, 70 tackles and three forced fumbles for Minnesota in 2019. His presence will be sorely missed as the Vikings open up with a tough schedule against Green Bay, Indianapolis and Tennessee.