There’s a massive new pass rusher option on the market that could make sense for the Tennessee Titans.
The only catch is that it’s not a free agent.
Minnesota Vikings star defensive end Danielle Hunter is reportedly unhappy with his contract and is “exploring a trade request”.
Hunter has 54.5 career sacks since entering the league as a 3rd rounder in 2015. https://t.co/hu2QTz2cf3
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) March 15, 2021
Hunter, who was drafted by the Vikings in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft, is a two-time Pro-Bowl pass rusher.
The former LSU standout totaled 29 sacks in 2018 and 2019. Hunter missed the entire 2020 season with a neck injury.
Hunter signed a five-year, $72 million contract in 2018. He’s averaging around $14 million a year, while other similar pass rushers in the league are averaging north of $20 million.
It seems unlikely that Minnesota would want to deal Hunter. The Vikings are in win-now mode. And if they trade Hunter before June 1, it would result in $12 million in dead money (while saving only just over $5 million in cap space).
Of course, we’ve seen unexpected trades go down before. So nothing can be ruled out here. Titans general manager Jon Robinson is known for being creative with his approach to roster improvements. While this isn’t a move that I expect to happen, I wouldn’t be shocked if Hunter ends up being on the Titans’ radar.
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