The best thing about this time of year is athletes using social media to send subliminal messages. That could be what Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowler Danielle Hunter did with a Tennessee Titans Twitter account.
Because of three simple likes, the Danielle Hunter trade rumors are running wild.
The Hunter trade rumors started when fans noticed he liked three tweets that involved him being traded. Two of the three tweets were of Tennessee Titans-related accounts.
I’d trade my soul for Danielle Hunter😂
— AFC South Champions (@LiamSena3) March 5, 2021
We could be overthinking this. Maybe Hunter appreciates the fact that he is wanted? Perhaps he appreciates the love?
Or maybe he wants out of Minnesota and is sending lowkey signs that a trade request could be coming.
That’s the fun of the NFL offseason. The speculation. The drama.
Regardless of its legitimacy, the idea of having Hunter on the Tennessee Titans is exciting.
The 26-year-old has had three seasons above ten sacks. Hunter tied his career-high of 14.5 sacks in 2019.
His other double-digit sack seasons were in 2018 (14.5) and 2016 (12.5).
Hunter missed the entire 2020 season due to a neck injury, but he is expected to recover fully.
The two-time Pro Bowler’s stats are appealing. But his contract makes you question if it’s affordable for the Tennessee Titans.
Hunter is currently on a five-year, $72M contract. $40M of that is guaranteed.
He has a $17.7M cap hit in 2021, $17M in 2022, and $14M in 2023, according to Spotrac. Could General Manager Jon Robinson free up some cap and make that work? The Tennessee Titans are sitting at around $8M in cap space this offseason.
This is a dream scenario, though. It is unlikely Hunter will be in the two-toned blue in 2021. However, if he is available, Robinson could work his magic and get Hunter in Nashville to improve the pass rush.
We know the Tennessee Titans need the help, so a trade for Hunter would be a big splash.
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