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|The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension with Danielle Hunter Quincy Wilson Jersey , making him one of the top 10 highest-paid defensive ends in the NFL while securing another core player before he could reach free agency. The deal, which was done on Wednesday, is worth up to $72 million, according to a person with knowledge of the contract who spoke on condition of anonymity because the terms weren’t disclosed by the team.
The deal includes $40 million in guaranteed money, with a $15 million signing bonus. The annual average worth is more than $14 million, on par with fellow Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen.
”I had to get this out of the way,” Hunter said, acknowledging relief to have signed before training camp. ”I didn’t want to be bothered by anything.”
Hunter has 25 sacks, three forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles in three seasons, after being drafted in the third round in 2015 out of LSU. Still only 23 years old, Hunter was a top priority to retain at a premium position. Griffen is 30, and primary backup Brian Robison is 35.
”Just looking forward to getting him locked in and what he’s going to continue to bring not only to this defense and this football team Josh Lambo Jersey , but also the type of character that he brings,” general manager Rick Spielman said.
Over those past three seasons, Hunter and Griffen have combined for 57 sacks, the second most by a pair of teammates in the league behind Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap of the Cincinnati Bengals (58).
The pass rush and run defense provided by these bookends has been a significant part of coach Mike Zimmer’s unit that gave up the fewest points and yards in the NFL last season.
”We build a bond together on defense,” Hunter said. ”We go out there, we know we’re brothers. We fight together. We do our assignments. On and off the field we’re really, really close.
Hunter was third in the NFL with 12 sacks in 2016, the most by a defensive end. Born in Jamaica and raised just outside of Houston, the 6-foot-5, 252-pound Hunter was a classic late bloomer the Vikings targeted with confidence he’d continue to develop with the right coaching to complement his measurable physical skills. Spielman and his scouts have been proven right with that pick.
”I kind of came in with the mindset of just playing football. I had a whole bunch of people in front of me, older guys that were able to show me the way, good coaches and a good coaching staff Authentic Billy Price Jersey ,” Hunter said. ”The only thing I could do is just come in here and focus and play football.”
The Vikings extended middle linebacker Eric Kendricks earlier this offseason. Outside linebacker Anthony Barr and wide receiver Stefon Diggs are their other two standouts on expiring contracts, with space under the salary cap dwindling. Signing both of them to new long-term deals might not be possible.
They’re plenty happy to at least have Hunter around well into the next decade, though. According to statistics compiled by Vikings coaches, Hunter also has 125 quarterback hurries and 147 total tackles. He has never missed an NFL game to injury, with his only two absences coming in 2015 when he was on the inactive list in the first month of his rookie year.
”It’s all about keep continuing to improve my game. I’ve got to go out there and do what the coaches tell me to do. Now that I have this I can’t relax,” Hunter said. ”I have to keep pounding and grinding.”
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee fired back at free agent receiver Dez Bryant on Friday after his former teammate called him a ”snake” on Twitter while suggesting Lee played a role in the club’s decision to release its career leader in touchdown catches.
The exchange was prompted by a radio station’s tweet from an interview with executive vice president of personnel Stephen Jones. He suggested that quarterback Dak Prescott felt pressure to get the ball to Bryant.
”First thing, to say that I can get anybody off the team and have any input on a roster is absurd,” Lee said. ”The second thing, I love Dez and I want the best for him.
”You know, to be honest, we did butt heads, because I wanted Dez to be more accountable to this team and his teammates. To be honest with you Marquis Haynes Color Rush Jersey , a lot of the team felt that way. I think he needs to look at himself and hold himself accountable.”
In an expletive-laden response to the radio station’s tweet, Bryant criticized the team’s play-calling. A second tweet suggested ”my brother snake Lee I mean Sean Lee” and center Travis Frederick had a hand in the decision to release Bryant.
Frederick said it wasn’t reasonable to think a fifth-year player, which he is, could wield influence on roster decisions.
”It’s certainly disappointing,” Frederick said. ”It’s disappointing when you hear guys turn against each other, but I think in the end Dez was a great teammate of mine and I’d still consider him a friend.”
The radio station’s original tweet didn’t include all of Jones’ quote, leaving out a portion that made a reference to tight end Jason Witten. The club’s leader in catches and games retired after 15 seasons to go into broadcasting. The station sent a subsequent tweet with the portion about Witten.
”He’s gotta trust the system, which at times last year, there was pressure, with Dez in his ear and to some degree Jason in his ear,” Jones said in the radio interview. ”Those great players want the ball.”
Later, Jones said he didn’t intend to criticize Bryant.
”You got great players like Dez and Witten Da'Norris Searcy Jersey , they want the ball,” Jones said at Cowboys camp. ”Everybody sees it. It’s on every team. They let the quarterback know that sometimes. In no way was it intended to be negative.”
Jones wouldn’t discuss whether the front office solicited the opinions of players before releasing Bryant in April. Owner Jerry Jones said then, ”We arrived at this crossroad collectively with input from several voices within the organization.”
The owner’s comments prompted a reply on twitter from Bryant, who wrote that was ”something he already knew.” In interviews later that day, Bryant suggested that team captains and ”Garrett guys,” in reference to coach Jason Garrett, played a role in his release.
After seeing reports of Lee’s response Friday, Bryant wrote on Twitter, ”he sat right across from me.. everything he said he could have addressed with me…sounds like a back stabber to me.”
Bryant’s release came after three sub-par seasons following the $70, five-year contract he signed after his only All-Pro season in 2014. Cleveland has shown interest in signing him in recent days.
Stephen Jones said he believes Bryant knows the Cowboys still have positive feelings for the three-time Pro Bowl player. Bryant’s 73 touchdowns are two more than Hall of Famer Bob Hayes.
”Obviously these are tough times in terms how this has turned out,” Stephen Jones said. ”Dez is thinking about his future and certainly not easy on anybody. No one knows more about what I think of Dez than me.”
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