Danielle Hunter’s five-year extension will pay him $72 million, with $40 million in guarantees, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. The defensive end gets a $15 million signing bonus.
Danielle has done an outstanding job ever since we’ve drafted him, Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said, via quotes distributed by the team. A young, talented football player that works extremely hard, shows the passion for the game, comes to work every day to improve and get better, and has so much more upside to grow into. 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, but also the type of character that he brings to the Minnesota Vikings.
We build a bond together on defense, Hunter said. We go out there, and we know we’re brothers. We fight together. We do our assignments. On and off the field, we’re really, really close, so it really means a lot [to get so many defenders signed long term].
From a learning standpoint, I’m new, Jones said Wednesday after addressing young athletes about proper hydration and heat safety in the 14th annual Gatorade Beat the Heat program, via Mark Lane of WFAA. I’m asking Jourdan and Cheeto some corner questions, and I get it right. I have no shame in going to a younger guy who has played corner longer than I have and asking some questions. That’s one of the things that I’ve learned is ask people some questions, and you get a good answer.
As a rookie, Jones started seven games at safety and four games at corner. He spent all of 2016 and ’17 at safety.
My responsibility as a corner now is make sure I get a good jam for the safety, Jones said. I’ve been in that position where you have to spread out to the sideline and make a play, and it ain’t easy.