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According to Nick Shook of nfl.com, the Minnesota Vikings are fielding trade calls for Pro Bowl edge rusher Danielle Hunter.
Despite struggling defensively, the Vikings have not been afraid to make moves with their players. The Vikings already traded Za'Darius Smith to Cleveland, and Hunter could be next. Hunter is in the last year of his deal and has a cap hit of roughly $13 million in 2023. Hunter returned from injury to make his third Pro Bowl in 2022 and is still just 28 years old. If the Vikings are facing a potential retooling down the line with Dalvin Cook trade rumors and Kirk Cousins' aging, the Vikings could just try to accrue value. Hunter had 10.5 sacks in 2022 and has 71.0 in his career.
Vikings LB Danielle Hunter is active for their Week 15 matchup against the Colts.
Hunter has been dealing with a neck injury that has limited his practice. He has not had a sack since Week 12 against New England but will be an important part of putting pressure on Matt Ryan to help Minnesota's floundering secondary.
While the Vikings have not openly expressed interest in trading Danielle Hunter, other team executives believe he is available due to Minnesota's cap issues.
The Vikings are $15.7 million over the cap limit and owe Hunter an $18 million roster bonus on March 20. The two-time Pro Bowler missed 10 games last season with a torn pectoral muscle. Prior to the injury, he had tallied six sacks and and 38 tackles in seven games.
Coach Zimmer confirmed that Danielle Hunter (pectoral) has sustained a season-ending tear.
For fantasy managers in IDP leagues, this may be a blow to your roster as Hunter had six sacks on the year, which put him on pace to match his career-high of 14.5 for the season.
Vikings DE Danielle Hunter will have an MRI on Monday to confirm the diagnosis, but the team fears that he has suffered a torn pectoral muscle and will miss the remainder of the season.
Losing Hunter is a huge loss for a Vikings defense that was already struggling on the defensive front. The hope is that Hunter's MRI comes back better than expected, although it's likely he'll undergo surgery to be at full health for next season.