Report: Vikings' Hunter unhappy with contract, could demand trade
Hunter could potentially hold out, demand a trade, or seek new representation to navigate a path out of Minnesota if he doesn't receive a new deal this offseason, according to Graff.
The star defensive end signed a five-year, $72-million contract in 2018 but now believes the deal leaves him underpaid compared to other elite players at his position.
Hunter is a two-time Pro Bowler and considered one of the premier young defenders in the NFL. However, the 26-year-old missed the entire 2020 season due to a herniated disk in his neck.
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman reportedly denied recent rumors that the pass-rusher asked for a trade if he didn't become the league's highest-paid defender.
Hunter amassed 14.5 sacks in each of his last two healthy campaigns, forcing three fumbles in 2019 while playing stout run defense.
His current contract averages $14.4 million per year and makes him the league's 19th highest-paid edge defender.