Will Danielle Hunter show up for Vikings’ mandatory minicamp?

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Aaron Rodgers isn’t the only high-profile NFC North player not happy with his current circumstances.

In Minnesota, Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter continues to stay away from the team as he continues to seek (presumably) a new contract. Next week, the Vikings have their mandatory minicamp. So will Hunter attend?

“I will keep that between me and D and that’s all I’m going to say on that,” Vikings co-defensive coordinator Andre Patterson told reporters on Thursday, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Hunter is under contract through 2023 at an annual new-money average of $14.4 million. That’s well below the current top of the market.

That said, he missed all of 2020 with a neck injury. It could make sense for him to re-establish himself on the field before seeking a raise from the Vikings — or from a new team after a trade.

19 responses to “Will Danielle Hunter show up for Vikings’ mandatory minicamp?

  1. First off, he signed a bad contract. That’s on his agent. He has 3 years left on that contract. He missed all of last season with a neck injury. He doesn’t have any leverage.

  2. Someone close to Danielle needs to let him know there’s only so much money available under the salary cap and 14 million a year is not bad for playing a kids game.

  3. It may be toxic but it’s fixable. The front office completely mishandled this and now he wants it fixed….but won’t say what he wants. The front office won’t say anything either.

  4. Someone close to Danielle needs to let him know there’s only so much money available under the salary cap and 14 million a year is not bad for playing a kids game.
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    True, but someone else out there is making more…and this is about respect.

  5. It may be toxic but it’s fixable. The front office completely mishandled this and now he wants it fixed….but won’t say what he wants. The front office won’t say anything either.
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    I’m hearing he wants slick Rick fired…

  6. Who was his agent during this? Where was his agent during this? What was Diggs telling him during this?
    Really doesn’t matter. Man up and accept your own commitments. Nobody forced you to sign. You want respect, start by honoring your choices. You want to be Diggs puppet…keep crying. Nobody will respect you until you earn it.

  7. I’d be surprised if he shows. I have a harder time with Hunter’s hold-out logic compared to Rodgers, given his injury situation. I bet the Vikings have assured him a big payday if he proves healthy, but I suspect his agent is trying to make up for negotiating a contract that left Hunter underpaid about 15 minutes after it was signed. You’d think they could renegotiate his existing deal with reduction language should his neck injury be permanent.

  8. Hunter didn’t sign a terrible contract. It was a good contract at the time but he’s outperformed it. Same situation as Adam Thielen, and the Vikings gave Thielen a new contract when it was clear he was vastly underpaid. I’m sure they will do the same for Hunter, but the sticking point may be the Bosa contract, which the team can’t give him coming off a neck injury. Perhaps the two sides come to a short-term agreement that gives Hunter more guaranteed money now with a promise to renegotiate after the season when he’s proven he is healthy.

  9. Sure glad our Vikes don’t have any of that preseason drama like the Packers do.

  10. Notice that the packers don’t have any studs on their defense? I sure did!

  11. He missed all of last year, not exactly a good position to say I want more money. How about they restructure with significant upside based on sack production and percentage of snaps. Earn that dough.

  12. kevines255 says:
    June 10, 2021 at 12:08 pm
    First off, he signed a bad contract.
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    Nope.

  13. Our defensive studs will lead the Vikes to another offseason championship!

  14. See that white thing with a knob and hinges on it? Don’t let it hit ya where the big guy slit ya.

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