Already a freakish athlete, Danielle Hunter is stronger and faster than ever. That means he could be in a position to get a big Minnesota Vikings contract extension.
When the Minnesota Vikings drafted defensive end Danielle Hunter in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft, the team got a highly athletic prospect who had the potential to be an amazing player in the NFL.
Now, three years later, the pass rusher has racked up 25.5 sacks, defended 3 passes, forced 3 fumbles, and scored one defensive touchdown in just 46 games played and starting only 17 contests.
In the final year of his contract, Hunter has proven himself as a capable starter with high upside, a big motor, and freakish talent. That means that a big contract year could land the defensive end a massive contract if he performs at a high level.
Danielle could be in a position to do just that. According to a post on the Pioneer Press website, the pass rusher spoke during organized team activities about his offseason
"“I’m stronger. I’m much more quicker. Last year, I had put on weight (from 255 pounds in 2016), so now my body is used to it.I went down there (to train in Houston), and I just focused. It’s as simple as that.”"
Minnesota could be in a sticky situation next offseason, as they will look to bring back linebacker Anthony Barr, wide receiver Stefon Diggs, defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, and others while the salary cap will be tight.
The Vikings inability to get a long-term deal done with Hunter could wind up costing them more money in the long run, but locking down a talented player who is only 23 years old will be a priority to pair with Everson Griffen going forward to maintain pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
Hopefully, Danielle Hunter can continue to develop and have a hugely productive 2018 NFL season…but hopefully he doesn’t play well enough to price himself out of a contract extension with the Minnesota Vikings.