The Raiders always seem to be connected to players who could be on the trade market and because Hunter is an elite pass rusher, a potential Las Vegas fit makes sense because the Raiders badly need to improve their pass rush production. Raiders’ beat reporter Vinny Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal broached the topic of a Las Vegas pursuit of Hunter on Monday.
Hunter would not be inexpensive. He would likely cost at least a first-round pick and he would command a top-of-the-market contract extension. That may be difficult for the Raiders to do.
He is coming off a surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck and he missed all of the 2020 season. However, the 26-year-old defensive end was dominant in the two previous seasons — he had 14.5 sacks in both 2018 and 2019.
If the Vikings do decide to deal Hunter, there will be a huge market and the Raiders would probably investigate, but it would be a monster deal in terms of both salary and trade compensation.