Danielle Hunter

Houston Texans, Outside Linebacker
Age: 29-235d (Oct 29, 1994)
Exp: 10 Years
Country: US
College: Louisiana State
Drafted: Round 3 (#88 overall), 2015
Agent(s): Zeke Sandhu (Klutch Sports Group)
2024 Cap Hit

$13,700,000

2024 Cash

$29,500,000

Career Earnings

$94,864,477

2024-2025 Free Agent (CURRENT)

Danielle Hunter signed a 2 year , $49,000,000 contract with the Houston Texans, including $21,000,000 signing bonus, $48,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $24,500,000. In 2024, Hunter will earn a base salary of $8,000,000 and a signing bonus of $21,000,000, while carrying a cap hit of $13,700,000 and a dead cap value of $48,000,000.
Contract Terms:
2 yr(s) / $49,000,000
Average Salary:
$24,500,000
Signing Bonus:
$21,000,000
GTD at Sign:
$48,000,000
Total GTD:
$48,000,000
Free Agent:
2026 / UFA
Year Age Status Cap HitAnnual Cap % League Cap Cash Annual Cash Cumulative Dead Cap Annual
2024 30 $13,700,000 5.36% $29,500,000 $29,500,000 $48,000,000
2025 31 $23,700,000 8.67% $19,500,000 $49,000,000 $35,800,000
2026 32
Void
UFA
$12,600,000 4.31% - - $12,600,000
2027
Void
$4,200,000 1.34% - - -
2028
Void
$4,200,000 1.25% - - -
Year Age Status Base P5 Salary Signing Proration Roster/Gm Bonus Incentives Likely Cap Hit Cap % League Cap Dead Cap
2024 30 $8,000,000 $4,200,000 $500,000 $1,000,000 $13,700,000 5.36% $48,000,000
2025 31 $19,000,000 $4,200,000 $500,000 - $23,700,000 8.67% $35,800,000
2026 32
Void
UFA
- $4,200,000 - - $12,600,000 4.31% $12,600,000
2027
Void
- $4,200,000 - - $4,200,000 1.34% -
2028
Void
- $4,200,000 - - $4,200,000 1.25% -
Year Age Status Base P5 Salary Signing Bonus Cash Total Cash Cumulative AYC Cumulative AYC Remaining
2024 30 $8,000,000 $21,000,000 $29,500,000 $29,500,000 $29,500,000 $24,500,000
2025 31 $19,000,000 - $19,500,000 $49,000,000 $24,500,000 $19,500,000
2026 32
Void
- - - - - -
2027 33
Void
- - - - - -
2028 34
Void
- - - - - -
Contract Notes
  • $48M guaranteed (signing bonus + 2024 salary + 2025 salary)
  • Per Game Active Bonus: $29,411 ($500,000)
  • Pro Bowl: $1M
  • 2026-2027 years automatically void
Source: NFL contract specifics generally collected from verified reports.

2023-2023 Extension

Danielle Hunter signed a 1 year , $17,000,000 contract with the Minnesota Vikings, including $5,500,000 signing bonus, $17,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $17,000,000. In 2024, Hunter will earn, while carrying a cap hit of $14,906,668 and a dead cap value of $14,906,668.
Contract Terms:
1 yr(s) / $17,000,000
Average Salary:
$17,000,000
Signing Bonus:
$5,500,000
GTD at Sign:
$17,000,000
Total GTD:
$17,000,000
Free Agent:
2024 / UFA
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2018-2023 Extension

Danielle Hunter signed a 5 year , $72,000,000 contract with the Minnesota Vikings, including $15,000,000 signing bonus, $40,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $14,400,000. In 2024, Hunter will earn, while carrying a cap hit of $11,240,000 and a dead cap value of $11,240,000.
Contract Terms:
5 yr(s) / $72,000,000
Average Salary:
$14,400,000
Signing Bonus:
$15,000,000
GTD at Sign:
$16,907,000
Total GTD:
$40,000,000
Free Agent:
2024 / UFA
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2015-2018 Rookie

Danielle Hunter signed a 4 year , $2,969,721 contract with the Minnesota Vikings, including $627,223 signing bonus, $627,223 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $742,430.
Contract Terms:
4 yr(s) / $2,969,721
Average Salary:
$742,430
Signing Bonus:
$627,223
GTD at Sign:
$627,223
Total GTD:
$627,223
Free Agent:
2019 / UFA
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Career Earnings thru 2024

$94,864,477

Career Earnings w/ Different Teams

1 team

Earnings Per Year

Year Age Team(s) Status Cash Total Cash Cumulative Awards
2015 21
Active
$1,062,223
$1,062,223
2016 22
Active
$715,144
$1,777,367
2017 23
Active
$636,000
$2,413,367
2018 24
Active
$17,407,000
$19,820,367
2019 25
Active
$10,500,000
$30,320,367
2020 26
Injured
$11,500,000
$41,820,367
2021 27
Injured
$13,044,110
$54,864,477
2022 28
Active
$20,000,000
$74,864,477
2023 29
Active
$20,000,000
$94,864,477
Nfc Pro Bowl:OLB
Total      
$94,864,477
$94,864,477
2024 30
Active
$29,500,000
2025 31
Active
$19,500,000
Total
$143,864,477
Year Team(s) Age Base Signing Roster Restructure Option Workout Incentives Cash Total Cash Cumulative
2015
21
$435,000
$627,223
$1,062,223
$1,062,223
2016
22
$536,000
$179,144
$715,144
$1,777,367
2017
23
$636,000
$636,000
$2,413,367
2018
24
$1,907,000
$15,000,000
$500,000
$17,407,000
$19,820,367
2019
25
$9,400,000
$500,000
$100,000
$500,000
$10,500,000
$30,320,367
2020
26
$3,400,000
$8,000,000
$100,000
$11,500,000
$41,820,367
2021
27
$7,150,000
$5,600,000
$294,110
$13,044,110
$54,864,477
2022
28
$1,400,000
$18,000,000
$500,000
$100,000
$20,000,000
$74,864,477
2023
29
$10,000,000
$5,500,000
$3,000,000
$20,000,000
$94,864,477
Total
$34,864,000
$21,127,223
$31,600,000
$1,294,110
$300,000
$4,179,144
$94,864,477
$94,864,477
2024
30
$8,000,000
$21,000,000
$29,500,000
2025
31
$19,000,000
$19,500,000
Total
$61,864,000
$42,127,223
$31,600,000
$1,294,110
$300,000
$4,179,144
$143,864,477

Earnings Per Team

Years Team Base Signing Roster Restructure Option Incentives Cash Cumulative
9 $34,864,000 $21,127,223 $1,294,110 $31,600,000 $300,000 $4,179,144 $94,864,477

Injuries

Year Weeks Reason
2020 MIN 1 - 17 Neck
2021 MIN 9 - 18 Pectoral
2021 MIN 15 - 15 COVID-19
  • Mar 12, 2024 Signed a 2 year $49 million contract with Houston (HOU)
  • Jul 30, 2023 Signed a 1 year $17 million restructured contract extension with Minnesota (MIN)
  • Mar 22, 2022 Converted an $18 million roster bonus into signing bonus, clearing $13.5M of cap space with Minnesota (MIN)
  • Jun 14, 2021 Converted $5.6M of 2021 salary into bonus, clearing $3.7M of cap space with Minnesota (MIN)
  • Mar 21, 2020 Converted $8M of 2020 salary into bonus, clearing $6M of cap space with Minnesota (MIN)
  • Jun 27, 2018 Signed a 5 year $72 million contract extension with Minnesota (MIN)
  • May 07, 2015 Signed a 4 year $2.969 million contract with Minnesota (MIN)
  • May 01, 2015 Drafted by Minnesota (MIN): Round 3 (#88 overall)
Year Team GP GS Snaps Snaps% Sack Tackles Total Tackles Solo Tackles Assisted FFum Int
2023 MIN 17 16 957 89.10 17 83 54 29 4
2022 MIN 17 17 906 78.00 11 65 46 19 1
2021 MIN 7 7 384 54.60 6 38 23 15
2019 MIN 16 16 897 81.50 15 70 52 18 3
2018 MIN 16 16 876 84.50 15 71 51 20
2017 MIN 16 16 775 78.00 7 44 26 18
2016 MIN 16 598 58.00 13 56 33 22 1
2015 MIN 14 1 393 36.60 6 33 25 4 1

Calculated Market Value

Market Value

  • 3 years, $58,280,982
  • Avg. Salary: $19,426,994
  • NFL Rank: 83
  • OLB Rank: 7

Current Contract

  • Free Agent: 2026
  • Avg. Salary: $24,500,000
  • NFL Rank: 36
  • OLB Rank: 4

Comparable Players

We've selected the following players based on their age, contract status, and statistical production to compare Danielle Hunter to.

Player Length Value Avg. Salary Age When Signed
Shaquil Barrett 4 $68,000,000 $17,000,000 28
Matt Judon 4 $54,500,000 $13,625,000 28
Preston Smith 4 $52,000,000 $13,000,000 29
Randy Gregory 5 $70,000,000 $14,000,000 29
Averages 4 $61,125,000 $14,406,250 28.5

Base Calculated Value

After adjusting the above contracts as if signed at Hunter's current age (29), a linear regression is performed, providing us with the following initial value.

Length Value Avg. Salary
4 $56,516,948 $14,129,237

Statistical Comparisons

Now we'll compare our variables and Hunter statistically over the two seasons prior to their signing. In this case we're analyzing: GP%, Tackles/Gm, Sacks/Gm, Stops/Gm, QB Hurries/Gm, Rating

Player GP% Tackles/Gm Sacks/Gm Stops/Gm QB Hurries/Gm Rating
Shaquil Barrett
2019-2020
96.88 2.84 0.89 2.29 3.39 74.20
Matt Judon
2019-2020
93.75 2.50 0.52 1.93 1.50 64.95
Preston Smith
2020-2021
96.97 1.69 0.41 1.50 1.88 66.95
Randy Gregory
2020-2021
66.67 1.36 0.43 1.14 1.73 79.55
Average 88.57 2.10 0.56 1.72 2.13 71.41
Danielle Hunter
2022-2023
103.03 2.94 0.79 2.65 3.00 82.15
Pct Change 16.33 40.00 41.07 54.07 40.85 15.04
Median Prime % Change 40.43%
Average Prime % Change 34.56%

Calculated Market Value: Danielle Hunter

After applying our Prime % figures into our base calculated value, we're given two values. The average of these values becomes our current calculated market value.

Terms Avg. Salary
3 years, $58,280,982 $19,426,994
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