Danielle Hunter done for the year

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Before the season began, Vikings fans thought the team’s pass rush would have both Danielle Hunter and Yannick Ngakoue. Currently and for the rest of the year, the Vikings will have neither.

On the same day the Vikings traded Ngakoue to the Ravens, news has emerged that Hunter will have season-ending surgery. According to NFL Media, Hunter will have a procedure aimed at repairing a herniated disc in his neck.

The injury, repeatedly dubbed a “tweak” by coach Mike Zimmer in the preseason, derails a promising career that saw Hunter rack up 54.5 sacks in five seasons.

The question now becomes whether his next season will happen in Minnesota. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media says that the Vikings will have to decide in the offseason whether to make Hunter the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL or trade him.

The Vikings, however, have Hunter under contract for three more years. They could choose to keep him, or to adjust his contract in a way that doesn’t make him the highest-paid defensive player in football.

With the salary cap possibly slipping to $175 million next year, the notion of the Vikings or anyone else paying Hunter $27 million or more per year becomes a stretch. It becomes even harder for the Vikings, who have plenty of money tied up in plenty of other players.

35 responses to “Danielle Hunter done for the year

  1. If Spielman and Zimmer make it to the end of the year, Ziggy should sell the team. Its obvious that none of them know what they’re doing.

  2. “It becomes even harder for the Vikings, who have plenty of money tied up in plenty of other players.”

    I think you mean, too much money tied up in one other player.

  3. “Just a tweak”

    Yeah. A neck injury.

    This is why the players are starting to turn against zimmer. He doesn’t think their injuries are serious when they really are.

  4. Zimmer called it just a “tweak”. Why is he always lying?

    I think it’s a character issue.

  5. Are the Vikings tanking on purpose? Trading Ngakoue when your other pass rusher is injured, only makes sense if you’re trying to start building draft picks for a lost season.

  6. Bring it on……snow on the ground in Minny in October, pandemic, election turmoil, team is 1-5 what else can go wrong right? Its just one of those seasons man, its been a long time since the Vikes like 2001 when Cory Stringer died and Green got fired…..ugh been a while.

  7. What a mess.

    I’d laugh if I didn’t correctly predict exactly how this would go. There is zero surprise over this constant pathetic franchise.

    Zimmer will be happy to get out when he is fired sometime this season. I’m very sure he wishes it was very soon.

  8. So are the Vikings. What a waste of talent on that team, it’s almost worse than the Lions!

    Vikings will never win a Championship until they get rid of their GM and upper management.

  9. @danicafallsinlove

    Been a long time since of of those seasons? How about 2010? Sidney Rice opts out for the year, Randy Moss comes and goes. Chilly fired (not all bad things in this list). Brett gets concussed playing at the Bank after worrying about the frozen field. Playing at the Bank BECAUSE THE ROOF CAVED IN AT THE METRODOME.

  10. Damn, tweak surgery!
    Who would have thought?
    All joking aside, I hope Hunter recovers well and is back, ready to go next year.

  11. ‘Curse of Cousins’ continues, and within hours of each other. Wherever Herschel Walker is right now, he is not feeling so bad about all the fuss that he has had to put up with. There is a new Sheriff in town.

  12. You all can stop the tank for Trevor talk.

    You all realize that means the Jets would have to win right?

  13. Its safe to say at this point that Mike Zimmer has very scandalous to incriminating videos/ pictures of both GM and Owner to still possess a Job.

    Plus when will teams learn that having a kirk Cousins on your team will NEVER be a recipe for success.
    Kirk Cousins Career earnings to this point is well over $140.000.000 with ONE Playoff win to his name.It still a mystery to me why he hasn’t bring brought up on THEFT charges.

  14. A tweak of the neck requires surgery? Well, ok. Similar to a former president who claimed “it depends on how you define the word ‘is'”, I guess it depends on how you define the word ‘tweak’.

  15. So the cap goes to 175m ? Does Kirk take up 50% ? That dude is robbing the Vikings without a mask.

  16. Neck and spine surgery is a really big deal. The most important question here is, can he ever play safely again?

  17. Why do the Vikings need to make him the highest paid defensive player when his current contract makes him the 21st highest paid defensive player?

  18. bwdjr says:
    So the cap goes to 175m ? Does Kirk take up 50% ? That dude is robbing the Vikings without a mask.
    ==

    I understand and mostly agree with your sentiment. But it’s hardly “robbery” when the bank manager walks into his vault, fills up bags full of money, and voluntarily saunters into the street and hands them to the flabbergasted outlaw.
    What’s he going to do, say “no thanks?”
    In this scenario, if the bank owner is going to fire anyone it should be his bank manager. That guy has some ‘splainin’ to do.

  19. Get over the tanking ideas. FPI chance of a purple # 1 pick is .6%. Even the pathetic Vikings would have a tough time not winning another game.

  20. Hunter’s agent is delusional if he thinks his client is going to get a new contract that makes him the highest paid defensive player in the league. He has 3 years left on his current deal and it’s no guarantee he even sees that money with a neck injury. At best, the Vikings will let him play next season on his current deal to make sure he’s healthy. If they release him, other teams will also be wary and want a 1 year prove-it deal.

  21. Keanu says:
    October 22, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    Get over the tanking ideas. FPI chance of a purple # 1 pick is .6%. Even the pathetic Vikings would have a tough time not winning another game.

    ——–

    Exactly. No one is going to be able to overcome the Jets in the tanking for Trevor sweepstakes.

    I actually hope the Vikings are close to .500 by the end of the season, which is the worst place to be in sports – not good enough for the playoffs, but not bad enough for good draft picks.

  22. Where are all the sheep who were celebrating Zim and Spielman being extended? Blow this mess up already, so maybe in 3 to 5 years this team will be watchable again.

  23. You know, I said the Vikings would go 8-8. I guess I drastically overrated them.

    But you deserve this, Minnesota. Picking up Kirk Cousins was a bad idea and it flabbergasted me to no end when I heard so many fans applauding the deal.

    So live with it. You have to. Just admit it was a mistake. I know it’s hard when MSP radio guys like PA and Charch wear purple colored glasses and then broadcast their propaganda to the masses. The only one with an objective eye in MSP is Dan Cole.

  24. trentdilfer08 says:
    October 22, 2020 at 1:07 pm
    You all can stop the tank for Trevor talk.

    You all realize that means the Jets would have to win right?
    —————————————–

    Not to mention that Cousin’s contract is 100% guaranteed for the next 2 years. It will be 2023 before they can move on from cousins. Noone is trading for that contract. Why anyone thought giving Cousins the 1st fully guaranteed contract in league history and then doubling down with a fully guaranteed extension was a smart idea is beyond me.

    On top of that he screwed every other QB contract for every other team.

    I do agree the jets go 0-16. If they weren’t tanking for Trevor, is there any other reason to keep Gase around at this point?

  25. None of you would be complaining about this team if they played in the NFC East.

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