Vikings Agree To Terms With DE Danielle Hunter On 5-year, $72MM deal

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Eagan, Minn. (June 27, 2018) – The Minnesota Vikings announced DE Danielle Hunter has agreed to terms on a contract extension with the club.

In his career with the Vikings, Hunter has totaled 147 total tackles, 91 solo tackles, 25.5 sacks, 36 tackles for loss, 125 quarterback hurries along with three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries according to coaches’ stats. In 2016, his first season appearing in all 16 games, the LSU product became the youngest player to ever lead the Vikings in sacks with a career-high 12.5, good for third best in the NFL and most by any defensive end. Since entering the league in 2015, Hunter and teammate Everson Griffen have accumulated 57.0 sacks, second most by any pair of teammates during that time. In 2017, the Jamaican-born Hunter tallied 49 total tackles and seven sacks while starting all 16 games for the first time in his career.

The Katy, Texas native has started 17 of the 46 games he has appeared in, transitioning to a starting role in 2017. He earned a spot on the PFWA All-Rookie team in 2015 after ranking second among rookies with six sacks. Only 23 years old, Hunter enters his fourth season for the NFL’s top ranked defense. Hunter joined the Vikings as a 3rd round draft pick (88th overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft. 

2015-17 NFL SACK DUOS

PLAYERS | TEAM..................................................SACKS
1. G. Atkins/C. Dunlap, Cincinnati................................58.0
2. E. Griffen/D. Hunter, Minnesota...........................57.0
3. R. Kerrigan/P. Smith, Washington............................54.0
4. M. Addison/K. Short, Carolina..................................51.0

MOST SACKS 1ST 2 SEASONS / VIKINGS HISTORY
RK PLAYER (SEASONS)..........................................SACKS
1. Jared Allen (2008-09)..............................................29.0
2. Kevin Williams (2003-04)*.......................................22.5
3. Keith Millard (1985-86)............................................21.5 
4. Alan Page (1967-68)*..............................................19.5
5. Danielle Hunter (2015-16)*....................................18.5

*First season with Vikings was rookie season 

NFL SACK LEADERS / PLAYERS ENTERING 4TH SEASON IN 2018
RK PLAYER (TEAM, DRAFT PICK)......................SACKS
1. Danielle Hunter (MIN, #88)....................................25.5
2. Vic Beasley (ATL, #8)..............................................24.5
3. Frank Clark (SEA, #63)............................................22.0 
4. Preston Smith (WAS, #38) ......................................20.5
5. Markus Golden (ARI, #58).......................................16.5

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