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23 minutes ago, viking said:

It makes sense to the team for the one thing that matters - winning games.

 

Pay danielle. Get him in the building. Win football games. 

No. No it doesn't. He'll get in the building one way or another. He has no leverage. Holdouts are a thing of the past under the new CBA. I don't think you grasp that. 

He will show up, or he won't get paid and won't get any service time credited towards ending his contract. If he's the same player, the team will take care of him. If not, then they know. 

Paying him without seeing what he's now capable of is the kind of stuff that WILL get a GM fired. 

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35 minutes ago, viking said:

It makes sense to the team for the one thing that matters - winning games.

 

Pay danielle. Get him in the building. Win football games. 

Get him in the building. Make sure he's still the same Danielle Hunter he was in 2019. Then tell him to get in line behind Smith and O'Neil. 

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17 minutes ago, wcblack34 said:

No. No it doesn't. He'll get in the building one way or another. He has no leverage. Holdouts are a thing of the past under the new CBA. I don't think you grasp that. 

He will show up, or he won't get paid and won't get any service time credited towards ending his contract. If he's the same player, the team will take care of him. If not, then they know. 

Paying him without seeing what he's now capable of is the kind of stuff that WILL get a GM fired. 

It’s like buying a car that you know was in an accident. You’re not going to pay full price without test driving it first. 

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5 minutes ago, TENINCH said:

Then tell him to get in line behind Smith and O'Neil.

Behind O’Neill for sure. 

If Hunter shows that he’s still the 2019 version, or better, I’d have no qualms with prioritizing him over Smith. 

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37 minutes ago, SemperFeist said:

Behind O’Neill for sure. 

If Hunter shows that he’s still the 2019 version, or better, I’d have no qualms with prioritizing him over Smith. 

I personally would still prioritize Smith just for the mere fact, that with already so many CBs on 1-yr deals, you don't want to possibly open another hole in your secondary by not extending Smith.  Smith is also theoretically underpaid as well, as he's not even a top-10 paid safety at this point, and he still is a top-10 safety.

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2 minutes ago, viking said:

Looks like we're going to #PayDanielle. 

 

@SemperFeist

Well, it's payment for services that he was already going to be paid...as it's likely that they converted 2022 salary to a 2021 bonus, which means he's getting paid more this year, but not more overall...yet,  2022 is when they'll likely work on a "new money" extension.

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4 minutes ago, viking said:

Looks like we're going to #PayDanielle.

Not yet, really. Moving money around that was already owed isn’t exactly paying him. 

But, like many theorized, a new contract is likely coming in 2022. 

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43 minutes ago, SemperFeist said:

The roster bonus for 2022 is new, but moving up money as a signing bonus isn’t new for Hunter. The team did it last year, too. 

Just as indicated in your 2nd post, it's not new money, it's just an acceleration of what he would have already been paid in 2022.  It's done about as responsibly as can be done. If he's back to himself, they can get a new deal done in the offseason, if not, they can let him go prior to the bonus being paid out. It satisfies Danielle, since he can invest the money immediately instead of having to wait, and it doesn't add any burden to the Vikings' cap this year.

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Absolutely the way to go. This essentially turns this year into a "prove-it" year for him. Hunter gets more money this year, and the team gets to evaluate if he's worth anything after. This is how smart teams do it...not by giving out a long-term, big money extension to a guy who hasn't shown anything for well over a year.

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As I expected a new deal gets done for Hunter. This was no doubt going to be the end result. (Sold as Win/win)

Hunter gets more money upfront now (possibly/likely net new money) & possibly a new contract after the season. 

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