In a seemingly never-ending quest to bolster their pass-rushing unit, the Baltimore Ravens could be eyeing a potential game-changing addition in the form of Danielle Hunter of the Minnesota Vikings, who is also under an expiring contract.
At 28 years old, Hunter is one of the few bright lights still flashing in Minnesota weekly. Hunter is simply at the peak of his powers and right in the middle of his prime. He should also have plenty of fuel left in his tank to excel wherever he lands next.
On Tuesday, Enzo Flojo of Clutch Points made a case for the Ravens to attempt to trade for the Vikings defender. The headline he used was telling enough: "Yes, Baltimore Ravens should trade for Danielle Hunter ."
Despite missing 2020 and a part of the 2021 season, Hunter bounced back in 2022 finishing last year with 10.5 sacks in 17 games played.
He is considered to be adaptable to both the 4-3 and 3-4 defensive systems, so he should find no problem in arriving in Baltimore or elsewhere and start producing instantly.
While the Ravens currently have the second-best defense in yards allowed per game and the fourth-best in points conceded, it's widely known that you never have enough pass rushers.
And hey, it's not that the Ravens have actually that many, considering they are riding a unit featuring two patches in veterans Jadeveon Clowney and Kyle Van Noy, both signed as emergency options.
Hunter, this season, leads the league with 8 sacks in 6 games. With the Vikings pretty much playing for nothing more than a good draft pick next spring, it's starting to look very obvious which path Minny will take before the trade deadline arrives on Oct. 31.
With at least one sack in five of the six games he's played this season, he's on track to surpass his career-best mark of 14.5. Hunter is also just one sack shy of reaching 80 throughout his career.
In related news, Head Coach John Harbaugh said on Monday that David Ojabo should return later this season and that Odafe Oweh is "close" to practicing again. Until then, and also considering how injury-prone both players are, it would make sense for Baltimore to try and land a pass rusher to boost their defensive power and Hunter is the best player available.