The pending free agency of Danielle Hunter has become a significant storyline for the Minnesota Vikings as they navigate through the offseason. Hunter, who recorded a career-high 16.5 sacks last season, is set to hit the market for the first time since signing a lucrative contract in 2018.

While the Vikings have reportedly made an attempt to re-sign Hunter, it’s expected that multiple teams will pursue the 29-year-old edge rusher, considering his impressive performance and potential impact on defense.

ESPN’s Dan Graziano highlighted Hunter’s status as a top edge rusher in the market and suggested that his price tag could exceed $20 million per season. Jeremy Fowler also confirmed the expectation of a significant contract for Hunter, reflecting on his recent production and impact on the field.

Despite missing the entire 2020 season due to injury, Hunter has bounced back strongly, tallying 26.5 sacks over the last two seasons. This impressive track record has garnered interest from teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears as they look to bolster their defense.

With Hunter’s contract negotiations ongoing and free agency looming, the Vikings face a crucial decision that could shape their offseason strategy, especially considering the lack of depth at the edge rusher position on their roster.