Skip to main content

According to a report from the Star Tribune's Ben Goessling, the Minnesota Vikings are trying to trade defensive end Danielle Hunter.

The Vikings began the league year with approximately $256,000 in cap space but agreed to terms with nose tackle Harrison Phillips, tight end Johnny Mundt and guard Austin Schlottmann on Wednesday afternoon. 

Despite releasing nose tackle Michael Pierce and creating $6.2 million in cap space, the Vikings need to find a way to clear more money in order to make those deals official.

Hunter becomes an easy target thanks to his $25.83 million cap hit next season. That includes an $18 million roster bonus due on Sunday. While Minnesota could convert that money into a roster bonus to save $13.5 million, the Vikings are reportedly looking to deal Hunter instead.

Hunter's injury history could play a key role in this decision. The 27-year-old has played in just seven games over the past two seasons and is coming off a torn pectoral muscle. But his track record may be too good for other teams to pass up. 

His 60.5 sacks rank ninth all-time in franchise history according to Pro Football Reference and he collected six sacks in seven games last season. According to The Chiefs Wire's Charles Goldman, the Kansas City Chiefs could be a team interested in Hunter's services.

If the Vikings could make a deal, it would clear $14.3 million in cap space. This would allow the Vikings to add more players via free agency. That includes Patrick Peterson, who according to the Pioneer Press's Chris Tomasson, expressed interest in returning to Minnesota during an interview on NFL Network.

But without a deal, the Vikings could continue to lose players. The team's salary cap woes prompted Tyler Conklin to sign with the New York Jets on Wednesday and more moves could be coming if the Vikings don't figure something out.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-06-25 at 7.55.28 PM

Charges: Cop feared for his life during struggle for gun with suspect

Allen Denzel Oliver-Hall has been charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Burnsville, Minnesota - May 2019 (2)

Shootout near Erik's Bike Shop, Lunds & Byerlys in Burnsville

Police say youths were shooting at each other on Saturday afternoon.

minnesota river

Fishermen find body floating in Minnesota River in Shakopee

The body was found upstream from Minnesota River Heritage Park.

Screen Shot 2022-06-25 at 11.01.17 AM

Woman breaks free after being kidnapped and taken to Brooklyn Park

The woman was taken by force as she arrived at her work in Plymouth.

image

How the fastest animal on the planet returned to MN after local extinction

The fastest animal on Earth had once vanished from Minnesota and Wisconsin.

image

St. Paul's new 'skate trail' brings non-traditional park to life

Gateway Park is the first of four parks to open in the Highland Bridge redevelopment.

FWDqyh6UEAENgIG

80 mph winds, large hail possible with severe storms in MN

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for much of the state until 3 a.m. Saturday.

290376311_5009722282489162_198055240351933487_n

30 people evacuated as flooding hammers small town

It's assumed that at least eight inches of rain fell in Randall, with more heavy rain expected Friday night into Saturday morning.

Intersection in Rochester.

Boy dies in motorcycle crash in Rochester

Police are investigating as of Friday afternoon.

Related

Danielle Hunter

Report: 'Multiple teams' calling Vikings about Danielle Hunter

The Vikings have a decision to make with the star pass-rusher.

Danielle Hunter

Report: Vikings planning to keep Danielle Hunter

The Vikings star is due an $18 million roster bonus on Sunday.

Kirk Cousins

Vikings need to make big decisions about 4 key players

The Vikings have some important decisions to make in the coming weeks.

Kirk Cousins

Do the Panthers, Broncos or Steelers make sense in a Cousins trade?

The Vikings could be working on a new contract but if that fails...

Danielle Hunter

How much could Danielle Hunter make on his next contract?

After a slew of big contracts, the Vikings' decision to lock up Hunter looks like a steal.

Danielle Hunter

Report: Danielle Hunter won't return vs. Texans

The Vikings' star lineman is dealing with a herniated disc in his neck.

Danielle Hunter

Report: Danielle Hunter could miss rest of 2020 with neck injury

The Vikings star went to New York for a second opinion on Thursday.