Bears ‘Will Pursue’ Projected $65 Million Star in NFL Free Agency

According to ESPN's David Kaplan, the Chicago Bears "will pursue" one of their NFC North rivals' best stars, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter, when 2024 NFL free agency begins next month.

On the February 15 episode of REKAP, Kaplan verified a prior rumor that the Bears are interested in signing Hunter, a four-time Pro Bowler, for the 2024 season.

He also disclosed that Chicago attempted to acquire Hunter in a trade with the Vikings last summer before signing Yannick Ngakoue and, later, Montez Sweat.

"Sources telling me considerable speculation is accurate: that the Bears will pursue Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter, who is one of the top available players on the market," Kaplan told ESPN.

"I was also told by a very good source the Bears actually pursued him last year, talking trade when the Vikings considered moving him."

Kaplan is hardly the first one to link the Bears to Hunter in 2024 free agency. ESPN's Dan Graziano also stated on February 10 that the team is "very high" on Hunter and that they may be looking for an edge rusher to pair with Sweat.

The Bears have enough salary-cap space to make a Hunter-like splash in free agency. According to Over the Cap, Chicago has the fourth-most effective cap space in the NFL for the 2024 offseason, totaling around $54.86 million.

Meanwhile, Pro Football Focus expects Hunter to get a three-year contract worth $65 million during NFL free agency.Hunter has regained his form as a force of nature with the Vikings during the previous two seasons.

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