Danielle Hunter reportedly won’t attend Vikings mandatory minicamp

(Photo by Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports) Danielle Hunter
(Photo by Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports) Danielle Hunter /

As he continues to try and get a new deal from the Minnesota Vikings, Danielle Hunter is not expected to attend the team’s mandatory minicamp next week, according to a recent report.

Minnesota Vikings fans are really enjoying all of the drama going on with the Green Bay Packers and their top quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, right now.

Rodgers has decided not to attend the Packers‘ mandatory minicamp, and there doesn’t seem to be any indication of whether he will ever play for Green Bay again or not.

Unfortunately, as Vikings fans are laughing at the expense of Packers fans, their team has its own situation with defensive end Danielle Hunter not attending their OTA practices with the rest of the guys on the roster. Now, a recent report indicates that Hunter is expected to follow a similar path to Rodgers next week.

Will Danielle Hunter show up for the Minnesota Vikings mandatory minicamp next week?

While it’s been disappointing that Hunter has not been in attendance for any of Minnesota’s OTA practices during the last few weeks, these sessions have been voluntary.

The true test of Hunter’s seriousness about getting a new contract from the Vikings has always been believed to be his decision to attend the team’s mandatory minicamp or not next week.

Well, according to KSTP’s Darren Wolfson on Tuesday, the 26-year-old defensive end is not expected to participate in Minnesota’s mandatory minicamp when it begins next Tuesday, June 15.

This would be a pretty significant decision for Hunter to make, especially since it could result in him being fined almost $100,000. He already gave up the possibility to earn a $100,000 workout bonus by not attending the Vikings OTA practices this year. So maybe he’s not worried about losing another $100,000.

If Hunter does decide to skip Minnesota’s mandatory minicamp next week and he still doesn’t get a new contract from the team, what might happen next? With the fines increasing to $50,000 per missed practice once training camp begins, it’s possible that the young pass rusher could try to force a trade before Vikings training camp gets underway at the end of July.

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Minnesota figuring out what they want to do with Hunter sooner than later would be ideal. But it doesn’t sound like this problem is going to be fixed anytime in the near future.