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Danielle Hunter – DE

One of the biggest decisions the Vikings will have to make in 2022 will be whether to bring Pro Bowl defensive end Danielle Hunter back or not.

When Hunter is on the field, he’s one of the most dominant pass rushers in the entire NFL. The problem is, he’s only appeared in seven games for Minnesota since the end of the 2019 season.

Hunter missed the entire 2020 campaign with a neck injury, and this year, he suffered a torn pectoral muscle in Week 8 that put an end to his season.

In 2022, Hunter has an $18 million roster bonus that activates on the fifth day of the new league year. The Vikings have the option of either continuing on with his current contract (which carries a cap hit of over $26 million in 2022), giving him a new deal, or releasing him to free up more than $18.5 million.

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Hunter still has plenty of upside since he’s 27-years-old and he barely missed any time due to injury before 2020. But it might end up turning into a situation where Minnesota doesn’t want to take the risk of paying someone a bunch of money who hasn’t been on the field much in the last two seasons.