Report: Vikings fielding trade calls for Hunter
The Minnesota Vikings have received trade calls for three-time Pro Bowl pass-rusher Danielle Hunter, reports NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Hunter also generated trade interest in the 2022 offseason, but Minnesota ultimately decided to keep him despite its salary-cap issues. The 28-year-old, who's appeared in 102 games for the Vikings since being drafted in 2015, has one year left on his contract. He'll earn a base salary of $4.9 million in 2023, according to Spotrac.
He appeared in just seven games combined in 2020 and 2021 but rebounded in 2022 to finish with a team-high 10.5 sacks and 22 QB hits, tying a career high.
The former third-round pick has racked up 71 career sacks since joining the Vikings, including 14.5 in both 2018 and 2019.
Minnesota addressed its defense this offseason after ranking 28th in points allowed last year. The Vikings hired defensive coordinator Brian Flores and signed multiple defenders, including former first-round defensive end Marcus Davenport.
The team traded pass-rusher Za'Darius Smith - who amassed 10 sacks in 2022 - to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for draft picks in May.