Bills to be traded for Vikings’ Edge Danielle Hunter: B/R


Danielle Hunter #99 of the Minnesota Vikings rushes the passer in a game against the Dallas Cowboys at US Bank Stadium on October 31, 2021.

The Buffalo Bills’ trade to the Minnesota Vikings for wide receiver Stefon Diggs ahead of the 2020 NFL season was undoubtedly a fantastic move for both the franchise and the offensive stud. Now the Bills are encouraged to negotiate another trade with the Vikings, a deal targeting defensive star Danielle Hunter.

Bleacher Report’s Ian Wharton named Buffalo as one of the “top contenders for Super Bowl LVII” and catching Hunter could be the big step that not only “stops the Rams from repeating next season” but also perfectly complements the Bills defense. .

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In exchange for Hunter, Wharton suggests the Bills send the Vikings a 2022 second-round pick (No. 57 overall) and a 2022 fifth-round pick (No. 155 overall).

“The Bills might be interested in Hunter because they lacked defensive play last season,” Wharton said. wrote. “Mario Addison was the only Buffalo player with more than four sacks, as their young defensive wing stable is more focused on stopping the run. Recent draft picks Gregory Rousseau and AJ Epenesa can also slide inside to tackle with a more effective pass-rusher on the edge.

While it’s still too early to discuss the final 13 seconds of the Bills’ overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Wharton believes that if Buffalo had a player like Hunter on the team, this game might have ended differently. .

“With so few needs on their roster, the Bills would benefit more from a hard-hitting veteran defensive end than a rookie who will need time and opportunities before producing. The Bills were one pass away from beating the Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Round, so trading for Hunter could push them over the top.

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Danielle Hunter

GettyDanielle Hunter #99 of the Minnesota Vikings warms up before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at US Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021.

Hunter, a former third-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, recorded 29 sacks between the 2018 and 2019 seasons, but the superstar passing thrower missed the entire 2020 season after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck.

As for his contract, ESPNCourtney Cronin reported, “The Vikings reworked Hunter’s contract ahead of the mandatory minicamp to give the defensive end $5.6 million of his $12.15 million base salary in 2021 as a bonus. signature. The restructuring also included an $18 million bonus due on the fifth day of the 2022 league year.”

After returning to full health in time for the 2021 season, the two-time Pro Bowler suffered a torn pectoral muscle in the Vikings’ loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 31, an injury that stalled for the rest of the season. Prior to the injury in Week 8, Hunter had already recorded 22 solo tackles and six sacks.

Hunter is “the perfect candidate to buy on the cheap,” Wharton wrote, “given he only owes $6.3 million in base salary over the next two years.” As for why the Vikings would want to part ways with one of the best players on their roster, Wharton says they would do so out of necessity.

“The Vikings are at a critical crossroads this offseason,” he wrote. “They can either trade their veterans for draft assets and reset their cap situation, or see if their new staff can push their roster into the playoff mix. If the Vikings choose to rebuild, suitors should line up for defensive end Danielle Hunter in particular.

PFF said a Bills/Vikings deal for Hunter is a ‘trade to watch in the 2022 offseason’

Focus on professional football Journalist Brad Spielberger also predicted the Bills could be traded for the Vikings star. He suggested Buffalo offer Minnesota a 2022 fourth-round pick and a 2023 second-round pick to land Hunter:

“New Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah must now navigate a delicate situation with a March deadline fast approaching – when Hunter’s $18 million bonus for 2022 is due,” wrote Spielberg. “The roster bonus was added in the 2021 offseason to serve as a trigger date for Minnesota to extend, trade or remove Hunter…However, it may be too difficult for Adofo-Mensah to ‘sell low’ on a elite pass-rusher.

Throughout his first five seasons in the NFL, the former LSU checked in a total of 54.5 sacks, making him the fastest player to reach 50 sacks.

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