Vikings teammates, other NFL players react to Hunter’s extension

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Danielle Hunter
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Danielle Hunter /

After signing a five-year extension with the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday, the defensive end received a bunch of congratulations from around the NFL.

Coming off a college career at LSU where he only had a total of 4.5 sacks, Danielle Hunter was assumed to be a project for the Minnesota Vikings after they drafted him in 2015.

However, Hunter’s production as a pass rusher in the NFL has definitely succeeded the expectations he was given three years ago. In three seasons with the Vikings, the defensive end already has 25.5 career sacks and a total of 128 tackles.

Kevin Williams is the only Minnesota player since 1982 to have more total sacks in the first three years of their career than Hunter.

Due to his impressive production in such a short time, the Vikings felt it was necessary to keep the 23-year-old defensive end on their roster as long as possible. So on Wednesday, Minnesota and Hunter agreed to a contract extension.

His new deal is reportedly worth $72 million and will keep him signed with the Vikings until the 2024 season. Hunter is clearly a player Minnesota did not want hitting the free-agent market in 2019.

After the news was revealed about his extension, the young defensive end received a bunch of congratulatory posts from his Vikings teammates on social media.

Even one of Hunter’s former Minnesota teammates was happy to see him get a big-time contract extension on Wednesday.

In addition to the posts from some of his current and former Vikings teammates, the defensive end’s new contract was celebrated by a number of other players from around the NFL. Most of these other posts came from guys Hunter played with during his time at LSU.

Yes, the NFL is a very competitive league and many players will do whatever it takes to achieve personal success. But at the same time, most of the guys around the NFL are genuinely happy when one of their colleagues gets a well-deserved contract.

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Hunter learned this on Wednesday as his hard work over the last three years was recognized by the Vikings and others from around the league.