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Vikings restructure contract of Danielle Hunter, clear $5.5M in cap space

The team should be able to make a move or two now in free agency.

The Minnesota Vikings on Friday restructured the contract of defensive end Danielle Hunter. On Saturday, details of the transaction were released.

According to Courtney Cronin of ESPN, the Vikings converted $8 million of Hunter’s $10.9 million base salary into a signing bonus. Doing so lowered Hunter’s 2020 cap hit from $14.5 million to $9 million, saving the team $5.5 million against the cap.

Hunter was a third-round pick of the Vikings in 2015. After registering 25.5 sacks in his first three seasons, he signed a 5-year contract extension with Minnesota on June 28, 2018 worth $72 million.

On that deal his cap figures were to be $14.5 million, $15 million, $15 million and $12 million the next four seasons. After the restructure, his new cap hits will now be $9 million, $17 million, $17 million and $14 million. Still a rather team-friendly deal for the youngest player ever to reach 50 sacks.

Hunter has recorded 14.5 sacks the last two seasons. He has 54.5 sacks in 49 career starts.

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Sean Borman

Sean Borman is a writer with Minnesota roots that's still somehow an optimist. He was an intern with the Vikings during college and is an IT nerd by day. You can find Sean on the golf course and on Twitter @SeanBormanNFL.

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