EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings and Danielle Hunter have agreed on a new deal.
According to NFL Media's Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport, the team and Hunter reached the agreement late Saturday night.
Pelissero tweeted the following on Sunday morning:
Hunter, who will turn 29 in late October, had been entering the final year of his deal but wanted more money than it was set to pay. He did not participate in the voluntary offseason workout program or mandatory minicamp but did report to 2023 Vikings Training Camp by the veterans' deadline last Tuesday.
Hunter had not participated in practice, but Head Coach Kevin O'Connell did say the talented edge defender was on a schedule.
O'Connell on Saturday reemphasized that the team was working to keep Hunter in the Purple 99 jersey he's worn since becoming a Viking as a third-round pick in 2015.
View the best photos of Vikings OLB Danielle Hunter from the 2022 season.
Hunter arrived in Minnesota a little raw out of LSU, but he developed into a formidable player who has recorded 71 sacks in 73 regular-season starts and has totaled 112 QB hits in 102 games.
After recording 12.5 sacks, including a safety of Cam Newton, and returning a fumble 24 yards for a touchdown in 2016 as a reserve, Hunter became a starter in 2017 and helped the Vikings lead the NFL in points allowed and yards allowed. Minnesota went 13-3 and captured the NFC North.
He followed with 14.5 sacks in back-to-back seasons that were capped by his first two trips to the Pro Bowl. Hunter became the first Viking to record 14.5 in consecutive seasons since Vikings Ring of Honor inductee Jared Allen did so in 2008-09.
Hunter transitioned through Minnesota changing from a 4-3 base to a 3-4 base last season while bouncing back from a torn pectoral injury that cost him 10 games in 2021. He closed the season strong to finish with a team-best 10.5 sacks, and his 22 QB hits tied a personal best and ranked second behind Za'Darius Smith's 24 in 2023.
"Danielle Hunter is a very special player, and as soon as we can get him out here, you guys will see him out here, and our fans will see him out here," O'Connell said Saturday.
New Defensive Coordinator Brian Flores has already been building the relationship with Hunter through dialogue. Flores looks forward to adding him to the mix.
"Danielle is a phenomenal player. He's a guy who has had a lot of success over the course of his career," Flores said Wednesday. "He's an impact player who brings an element of rush and is overall solid (versus) the run and pass. He's someone who must be taken into account of where he is at so he does not cause havoc to the game offensively.
"I met with him individually [Tuesday]. That was a good conversation," Flores said. "I am excited to work with him."
Vikings players are off Sunday and are scheduled to return to the practice fields Monday, the first day the team is slated to wear full pads.