5 Vikings heading into a make-or-break season in 2022

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Danielle Hunter – defensive end

Danielle Hunter is already potentially on the chopping block in Minnesota. His contract has him at nearly $26M against the cap in 2022 and that will force the new general manager to make a tough decision regarding his future.

If he stays healthy and plays well in 2022, he will likely hold out for a new contract considering his 2023 salary cap hit is only $8.6M and he will be commanding a huge payday. Honestly, his contract is nothing but trouble and spread out in the most awkward way possible.

Even more awkward is the leverage that exists in negotiations. Minnesota’s pass rush is much better when Hunter is on the field than when he isn’t. He is an athletic freak of nature when he is healthy. But can he prove he can be healthy going forward after missing significant time the last two seasons?

Danielle Hunter might not even get a chance to have a prove-it type season in 2022. But if he does, it makes his future even more confusing. But, if he bets on himself and plays well, he could be in for a massive extension, a huge holdout, or a demanded trade in the future.

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Are there any other players for the Minnesota Vikings who you feel are entering make-or-break seasons? And which of these players do you think will impress enough to stick around past the 2022 season? Let us know your opinion in the comments.