Vikings extend Danielle Hunter

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Danielle Hunter evolved from situational pass rusher to full-time starter last season, and now he’s been rewarded for it.

The Vikings have agreed to terms on a contract extension for Hunter, NFL Network is reporting.

Hunter was the Vikings’ third-round draft pick in 2015, and he got plenty of playing time in his first two seasons and made his presence felt, recording six sacks as a rookie and leading the team with 12.5 sacks in his second season.

But last year was Hunter’s first year as a starter, and he started all 16 games and both postseason games. He played 78 percent of the Vikings’ defensive snaps.

Extending Hunter, who had one year left on his rookie deal, was a top priority for the Vikings. The next priority is extending their other young pass rusher, Anthony Barr.

66 responses to “Vikings extend Danielle Hunter

  1. This is great news because Hunter would have been in line for a huge deal if he hit free agency after this year. No matter how much money the Vikings are paying him, he would have cost a lot more after the season. It will be interesting to see what the numbers are and how the contract is structured.

  2. This still doesn’t change the fact that the Vikings have ZERO Championships!

    ZERO.

  3. Great to see the core of this defense getting locked in long term
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    Says you. I’m a Packers fan, I want their defense to go the way of Seattle. The Vikings defense is scary good, any unbiased person can admit that (sorry fellow Packer fans)

  4. The smart move was lock up hunter first. Good luck finding a young pass rusher on the open market. A 4-3 linebacker…. that’s a little easier.

  5. The next priority is extending their other young pass rusher, Anthony Barr.
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    I wouldn’t describe Barr as a pass rusher or as the next priority. As a 4-3 outside linebacker, Barr’s primary responsibility is pass coverage and stopping the run. He also rushes the passer from time to time but not as much as you would think. I do think he’ll be doing more of that this year, though.

    The next priority should be Diggs. Wide receiver contracts are getting out of control so they should lock him up as soon as possible like with Hunter. If he stays healthy, Cousins will help him to his best season and it’s better to pay him now than to wait for those numbers to hit the board.

  6. Rob Brzezinski is a Tool With ZERO CHAMPIONSHIPS says:

    June 27, 2018 at 10:46 am

    This still doesn’t change the fact that the Vikings have ZERO Championships!

    ZERO.

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    lol. You don’t have any Superbowls either. You don’t play in the NFL. Just because a team doesn’t have Superbowls, doesn’t mean fans can’t enjoy their team. Go hide in the closet Troll.

  7. The Vikings defense is scary good, any unbiased person can admit that(sorry fellow Packers fans)
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    Scary good?….ask the Philadelphia Eagles and their fans about that “scary” Vikings defense.

  8. hasanwill says:

    June 27, 2018 at 10:55 am

    The Vikings defense is scary good, any unbiased person can admit that(sorry fellow Packers fans)
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    Scary good?….ask the Philadelphia Eagles and their fans about that “scary” Vikings defense.

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    When will people give this a rest? One bad game doesn’t mean a defense is bad. Such a bad take and it’s a prisoner in the moment take The Vikings have been a top 5 defense for the past 3 years. The Eagles schemed well and played good in that game. Also the defense was not healthy in that game. Just because they destroyed the defense once means little it will ever happen again. Especially now that everyone has footage on the Eagles.

    Do the Jaguars have a bad defense? Because they got destroyed by a last place 49ers last season?

    I’m anxious to see how the rematch this year goes. Also, when will the Eagles ever play us here?

  9. The Vikings continue to extend players after signing Cousins. Hmmm, I heard somewhere that was not going to be possible. Turns out to be the people who said it know nothing about football.

  10. If he stays healthy, Diggs will have a monster year, sign him now before he becomes not affordable…

  11. Nobody is going to talk about his production dropping in half last year with twice the playing time??? Yes, you needed to probably sign him. But the kid better learn to bring it on every play if you’re going to be an every down player.

  12. ajzinnecker says:
    June 27, 2018 at 11:08 am
    hasanwill says:

    June 27, 2018 at 10:55 am

    The Vikings defense is scary good, any unbiased person can admit that(sorry fellow Packers fans)
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    Scary good?….ask the Philadelphia Eagles and their fans about that “scary” Vikings defense.

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    When will people give this a rest? One bad game doesn’t mean a defense is bad.

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    The Vikings always seem to save their “bad games” for the postseason. Been so for the last 57 years and counting.

  13. nhpats says:

    June 27, 2018 at 11:28 am

    ajzinnecker says:
    June 27, 2018 at 11:08 am
    hasanwill says:

    June 27, 2018 at 10:55 am

    The Vikings defense is scary good, any unbiased person can admit that(sorry fellow Packers fans)
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    Scary good?….ask the Philadelphia Eagles and their fans about that “scary” Vikings defense.

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    When will people give this a rest? One bad game doesn’t mean a defense is bad.

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    The Vikings always seem to save their “bad games” for the postseason. Been so for the last 57 years and counting.

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    Still doesn’t mean the defense is bad. Why do you even comment on our pages? Are you that bored with your soft AFC conference, which is the only reason the Patriots are a factor every year. They wouldn’t last a day in the NFC.

  14. Liberalsruineverything says:
    June 27, 2018 at 10:44 am
    Had to do it. One of the hardest things to find is a every down pass rusher. I’ve seen the guy up close in Mankato. He’s a physical specimen in the highest sense.
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    I have as well, Hunter is much bigger in person than he appears on tv. Dude is a monster.

  15. and signing Kirk Cousins was supposed to break the bank! Well done planning by Rick!

  16. nhpats says:
    June 27, 2018 at 11:28 am

    The Vikings always seem to save their “bad games” for the postseason.
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    Kind of like the Patriots giving up 41 points and 538 yards to the Eagles two weeks later. Congratulations on those two drives you stopped them from scoring.

  17. I figured the Vikings prioritized Hunter first. My guess is Diggs next and let Barr walk. Can’t afford them all with Trae Waynes and others coming up. Barr can be special, but he coasts too much.

  18. A very team friendly deal, like most of the recent ones for the Vikings. Obviously, the players love playing for Zimmer and being part of the world class Vikings organization….

  19. Rate This
    ajzinnecker says:
    June 27, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Still doesn’t mean the defense is bad. Why do you even comment on our pages? Are you that bored with your soft AFC conference, which is the only reason the Patriots are a factor every year. They wouldn’t last a day in the NFC.

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    If the AFC is weak then why have they won 3 of the last 4 SBs?

    And more importantly, why have the Viking won zero in 57 years?

  20. tinye67 says:
    June 27, 2018 at 11:42 am
    I figured the Vikings prioritized Hunter first. My guess is Diggs next and let Barr walk. Can’t afford them all with Trae Waynes and others coming up. Barr can be special, but he coasts too much.

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    The only reason Barr played better in 2017 is because of ALL the heavy criticism he took in 2016 for coasting or lack of effort ,what ever you want to call it Linebackers are always easier to replace than great d-lineman …………..

  21. nhpats says:

    June 27, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Rate This
    ajzinnecker says:
    June 27, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Still doesn’t mean the defense is bad. Why do you even comment on our pages? Are you that bored with your soft AFC conference, which is the only reason the Patriots are a factor every year. They wouldn’t last a day in the NFC.

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    If the AFC is weak then why have they won 3 of the last 4 SBs?

    And more importantly, why have the Viking won zero in 57 years?

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    Winning the Superbowl is all about Odds. When you play in a weak division and conference it increases your odds to make it to the Superbowl. Most of the challenge is just making it. When the Patriots basically have a guaranteed homefield advantage in the playoffs every year, a trip to the AFC title game every year due to lack of competition in the AFC it its easy to see why they have been to soo many and therefore winning so many. It’s a lot easier to beat the best NFC team once (in the Superbowl), than have to play them multiple times a year, and compete with them all year just for the hopes of even making it to the playoffs or even the Superbowl. The NFC for the most part has been a more competitive conference period. The Eagles, Saints, Vikings, Rams, Falcons, all would have way easier lives if they played in the AFC East or even the AFC. Event he “weaker teams” in the NFC are a threat to steal a win every week. Hopefully some teams can rise up and make the AFC better.

    Again, why are you on our pages unless your only agenda is to be a Troll?

  22. If Barr had Kendricks motor, he would’ve been extended last year. Watch some of his interviews too. He always looks annoyed or like he has an attitude. I started to question whether he even likes football.

  23. “The next priority is extending their other young pass rusher, Anthony Barr.”

    Barr isn’t a pass rusher. Do better.

  24. I’ll say this….. one the MVPs of the Vikings organization is cap-expert Rob Brzezinski. His future contract planning is second to none.

    And in his private life, the man is a Prince! He and his wife have 5 kids and founded Arete Academy, a school in Minnesota dedicated to educating students who are twice exceptional and are active in the community raising awareness for adoption-related causes. Great man!

  25. Details on the contract that have leaked out are that this is an extension of his current contract. I’m assuming here this extension is very similar to the extension signed by Kendricks earlier this year. In that deal… Kendricks cap number stayed in the 3.7Mish… but got the signing bonus of his extension all up front. Easy way to get the player some more cash after the extension without messing up the cap. Hunter’s cap number is just a hair of 2M… I’m guessing after this extension… he’ll get the signing bonus upfront… but his cap number will be about the same. Still room for more extensions this year.

    I don’t think it will be Barr tho… I like him and would like him to stay… but I suspect his camp is looking for 3-4 LB/edge rusher money and I don’t think that’s going to happen. I suspect Diggs is next… and they probably will need to adjust Theilen if a Diggs extension is signed.

  26. I don’t think we’re going to lose anyone. We might choose not to resign Barr! I agree that Diggs should be the next deal to get done before the season. Indeed, the people that predicted we would lose everyone because of the QB deal don’t understand the cap. By this time next season the Cousins deal will look like a steal, (the cap keeps going up people). What I am worried about is if Cousins will play like a guy that deserves a huge contract. Something about him really bothers me. However, he must be pretty good to get the tag 2 seasons in a row. It won’t be long now until we find out.

  27. Vikings fans like to troll about “Erin” Rodgers. But they have a player actually named Danielle. Jokes write themselves.

  28. aypeeswhippingstick says:
    June 27, 2018 at 12:41 pm
    The next Minnesota Miracle will be Hunter and or Cousins earning their contracts.
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    Rodgers upcoming new deal will be the one that’s tough to earn.

    It’s very possible that it will have a total value of more than Cousins and Hunter combined.

  29. Rob Brzezinski is a magician!

    These are the issues you have to deal with when you have great drafting year after year. Sure, they’ve had their misses but Spielman has collected a great nucleus of players via the mid rounds of the draft and Danielle Hunter is just another example.

    When you draft well, you have these problems. If you actually draft well.

  30. gtodriver says:
    Rodgers upcoming new deal will be the one that’s tough to earn.

    It’s very possible that it will have a total value of more than Cousins and Hunter combined.
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    Rodgers next contract is already earned. And he is better than both of the above players listed combined – so his contract being larger than both is understandable. Again – GTO unprovoked bringing up Aaron Rodgers to a non-Packer fan. So weird why that keeps happening.

  31. Cap hell. Hunter was clearly easier to sign.

    The Cousins contract is killing them. Absolutely killing them. Barr should have been signed last offseason.

  32. He deserves the contract given his age and production. And Tylaw — before this deal they were $17M under the cap even after the rookie signings. Yesterday you called Barr an inside LB. Do you even think before you post? Maybe stick to your own team, or at minimum, accurate facts.

  33. hasanwill says:
    June 27, 2018 at 10:55 am
    The Vikings defense is scary good, any unbiased person can admit that(sorry fellow Packers fans)
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    Scary good?….ask the Philadelphia Eagles and their fans about that “scary” Vikings defense

  34. Great to have Hunter signed. The real cap problems Minnesota has is in signing depth guys (linebacker and offensive line, specifically). I’d love to see Diggs next, but fear he might roll the dice and wait until the end of the year.

    Barr is an important piece of the defensive puzzle. He and Kendricks work so well together, you can’t even begin to really explain it. We’ll see how things pan out.

    Keep flapping your gums Packer fans, we all know you want to be our rivals.

  35. juice08 says:
    June 27, 2018 at 12:55 pm
    Vikings fans like to troll about “Erin” Rodgers. But they have a player actually named Danielle. Jokes write themselves.

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    6’5” 255 pounds. We call him Mr. Hunter.

  36. I don’t get it, Hunter is playing on his rookie contract (4 years) and is only 2 years into it. Most teams would wait till the conclusion of at least his third year before extending it. Primarily because there are savings to the team on a rookie contract, especially if he is outperforming his salary level. Now I realize the Vikings got snookered on Cousins $84 million because they were desperate at QB but it doesn’t seem smart to extend Hunter this year. But then again, whoever accused the Vikings front office of being smart?

  37. whatjusthapped says:
    June 27, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    But then again, whoever accused the Vikings front office of being smart?
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    Pro Football Weekly did when they named Rick Spielman 2017 Executive of the Year..

  38. whatjusthapped says:
    June 27, 2018 at 3:13 pm
    I don’t get it, Hunter is playing on his rookie contract (4 years) and is only 2 years into it. Most teams would wait till the conclusion of at least his third year before extending it. Primarily because there are savings to the team on a rookie contract, especially if he is outperforming his salary level. Now I realize the Vikings got snookered on Cousins $84 million because they were desperate at QB but it doesn’t seem smart to extend Hunter this year. But then again, whoever accused the Vikings front office of being smart?

    As the cap keeps rising year on year, what looks like a lot of money now will look like a bargain later on down the line. Smart move IMO.

  39. tylawspick6 says:

    June 27, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Cap hell. Hunter was clearly easier to sign.

    The Cousins contract is killing them. Absolutely killing them. Barr should have been signed last offseason.
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    Keep repeating that. It still won’t make it come true. The Vikings have one of the top cap guys in the game, I will trust him over a lump on the internet any day.

  40. Danielle is a girls name.
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    Tell him that. And to quote Liam Neeson, “Good luck.”

  41. “I don’t get it, Hunter is playing on his rookie contract (4 years) and is only 2 years into it. Most teams would wait till the conclusion of at least his third year before extending it. Primarily because there are savings to the team on a rookie contract, especially if he is outperforming his salary level. Now I realize the Vikings got snookered on Cousins $84 million because they were desperate at QB but it doesn’t seem smart to extend Hunter this year. But then again, whoever accused the Vikings front office of being smart?”
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    I can accept criticism of Rick Spielman and some of his decisions, but when it comes to managing and manipulating the salary cap…Rob Brzezinski has earned the benefit of the doubt. He has a reason and a plan.

  42. whatjusthapped says:
    June 27, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    I don’t get it, Hunter is playing on his rookie contract (4 years) and is only 2 years into it. Most teams would wait till the conclusion of at least his third year before extending it. Primarily because there are savings to the team on a rookie contract, especially if he is outperforming his salary level. Now I realize the Vikings got snookered on Cousins $84 million because they were desperate at QB but it doesn’t seem smart to extend Hunter this year. But then again, whoever accused the Vikings front office of being smart?
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    Hunter has played three years on his rookie contract, not two. He was eligible to be a free agent after this year. Now tell us more about who is smart and who isn’t.

  43. whatjusthapped says:
    June 27, 2018 at 3:13 pm
    I don’t get it, Hunter is playing on his rookie contract (4 years) and is only 2 years into it. Most teams would wait till the conclusion of at least his third year before extending it. Primarily because there are savings to the team on a rookie contract, especially if he is outperforming his salary level. Now I realize the Vikings got snookered on Cousins $84 million because they were desperate at QB but it doesn’t seem smart to extend Hunter this year. But then again, whoever accused the Vikings front office of being smart?

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    Robinson is done after this season and they will need to restructure Griffen at some point, as he is getting older. Hunter’s numbers speak for themselves and he would be very expensive next offseason. They have the cap space now and Cousins contract is only three years. If you’re wanting to talk about a “smart” front office, lets wait and see how Rodgers takes the Packers to the bank, on his terms.

  44. Whatjuststupid
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    Ahahahahahaha!

    He is on his final year and your inaccurscy proves you are just green with envy. Hunter has performed very well and is deserving of his contract unlike that bloated joke the Pack signed Adams to.

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