4 pros and cons of the Minnesota Vikings paying Danielle Hunter

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Hunter is entering his prime

Although his significant injury has hampered Hunter’s chances of making any sort of a difference in 2020, the player is still just entering his prime. Providing they are no further complications surrounding his herniated disc, there could be even more to come from him after a substantial period of rest.

Hunter turned 26-years-old on Thursday. That is hardly a player who is past the peak of his powers compared to some contract the Minnesota Vikings have given out over the years. There is relatively low mileage on the tires and with his body getting even more recovery time for the remainder of the campaign, he should be completely rejuvenated by the time he’s ready to participate in team drills as expected next spring.

Judging by the rumors circulating in Minnesota circles surrounding a potential rebuild and many veterans such as Anthony Harris reportedly on the trade block before the deadline, it leaves more uncertainty surrounding the direction of the organization going forward.

Which begs the question, why would Hunter even want to sign a new deal?

The defensive end has three years left on his current deal that will pay him $34.95 million in base salary. Compare that to the contract given to Joey Bosa by the Los Angeles Chargers at an average annual salary of $27 million per year, and one doesn’t have to look far for the problem.