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Minnesota Vikings' Danielle Hunter agrees to reworked contract

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99), shown Sept. 29, 2019, sat out last season with a herniated disk that required surgery. File Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/UPI
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99), shown Sept. 29, 2019, sat out last season with a herniated disk that required surgery. File Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/UPI | License Photo

June 14 (UPI) -- Minnesota Vikings star defensive end Danielle Hunter is expected to be at mandatory minicamp after agreeing to a restructured contract.

League sources told ESPN, NFL Media and the Minneapolis Star Tribune that Hunter completed a medical check at the Vikings' facility Monday and will be with the team for the start of mandatory minicamp, which begins Tuesday.

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Hunter, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, will see a large portion of the money owed to him arrive sooner as part of the reworked deal, according to NFL Media. He will receive $5.6 million of the money owed to him in 2021 as a signing bonus, and the Vikings also installed an $18 million roster bonus in 2022 that will force the team to decide on his future after this season.

The 26-year-old Hunter sat out last season with a herniated disk that required surgery in October. At the time of his procedure, it was reported that he was displeased with the state of his contract and wanted a restructured deal before the 2021 season.

Hunter has recorded 54.5 sacks through his first five NFL seasons, becoming the fastest player ever to eclipse 50 sacks.

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The 2015 third-round draft pick signed an extension in 2018 and is under contract for the next three seasons.

In 78 career games with the Vikings, Hunter has notched 275 total tackles, six forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and three passes defensed.

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