Danielle Hunter has agreed to restructure the deal with Minnesota Vikings as he prepares to return to action after skipping the entire 2020 neck surgery campaign.
Defender Daniel Hunter and the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to restructure the deal, the NFL Network reported on Monday.
Hunter, 26, was unhappy with the $ 72 million five-year renewal he signed in 2018, and there was a chance he wouldn’t show up for the mandatory mini-camp starting on Tuesday.
Under this agreement, the new $ 18 million squad bonus will begin on the fifth day of the league year next March. At that point, the Vikings could decide to keep him for $ 20 million in 2022 (including the bonus), sign another contract with him, or release him in order to save money, the report said.
Hunter, selected by the LSU in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft, is a key link in the defense of the Vikings as he competed in the 2018 and 2019 Pro Bowl elections, in which he posted 14.5 sacks each season. He missed the entire 2020 campaign after his neck surgery.
In 78 career games (49 starts) with the Vikings, Hunter had 276 tackles (67 for a loss), 54.5 sacks, 80 quarterbacks, six forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two touchdowns.
According to the source, Daniel Hunter will receive $ 5.6 million of the amount due this year as a subscription bonus. More importantly, there is now a $ 18 million bonus on the 5th day of the league year in 2022, which creates a solution for MIN. Next year, he will either make about $ 20 million, be released, or make a new deal. https://t.co/qLJQbfms9G
– Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 14, 2021
It was also reported on Monday that the Vikings were on the verge of signing defenseman Sheldon Richardson, who was released by the Cleveland Browns in April due to a salary cap change.
That would mean the return of Richardson to Minnesota, the first-round pick for the New York Jets in 2013. After four seasons with the Jets, he played with the Seattle Seahawks (2017) and Vikings (2018) before signing a three-time deal. an annual $ 37 million free agency deal with the Browns, including a guaranteed $ 21 million.
Richardson, 30, has played 121 career appearances (118 starts) and has 461 tackles (58 per loss), 31 sacks, 92 quarterback hits, 10 forced attempts, five rebounds and one interception.