3 reasons why the Vikings might trade Danielle Hunter in 2021

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Lucrative return package

Before missing the entire 2020 campaign, Danielle Hunter was coming off of two seasons in which he finished with a total of 29 sacks. Hunter’s sack total since 2016 ranks among the NFL’s best pass rushers, and at 26-years-old, he should still have at least a handful of seasons in which he can perform at a high level if he’s able to remain healthy.

For teams that are looking to improve their pass rush this year, Hunter is someone that should be on their radar. Several potential 2021 contenders, including the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans, could be among the teams that possibly send a trade offer to the Vikings this offseason to acquire their talented defensive end.

Minnesota isn’t about to give up Hunter for pennies though. They are fully aware of the massive talent he possesses, and if they’re going to trade him, it’s going to require them to receive a very lucrative return package.

We’re talking at least one first-round draft pick and probably another draft selection or two from within the first five rounds. What the Vikings were able to land in exchange for Stefon Diggs last year (2020 first-rounder, 2020 fifth-rounder, 2020 sixth-rounder, 2021 fourth-rounder) is a return package that they could easily receive in a trade involving Hunter, and they might even be able to ask for even more in return for the pass rusher.