Hunt opted to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles, which, along with Minnesota and Houston, were teams viewed as the frontrunners to add the "suddenly hot" free agent prospect, according to FOXSports.com's Adam Caplan.
The Vikings have been quietly aggressive in the market that exists, making a couple of practice squad thefts, going after a UFL player and dipping their toes in the chilly CFL waters. While not viewed by the casual fan as a loss, when one is starving, they will eat almost anything. That is what the 2011 offseason has become – the long walk of the elephants in search of the big watering hole. Teams appreciate anything they get along the way.
While Hunt has no guarantee of translating his CFL success into NFL prowess, in what is currently just a rivulet of player movement, the Vikings had a chance to land a player that could potentially fill a significant void – both Ray Edwards and Brian Robison are expected to be unrestricted free agents when the current collective bargaining impasse is resolved. Add to that the uncertainty of whether the NFL is going to punish Everson Griffen for his weekend of arrests last month and you have a serious situation brewing that made the offer to Hunt perhaps being made at gunpoint. Yet, it wasn't enough.
That uncertainty has each team taking extra measures (or at least should) to slop up the small amounts of gravy with a biscuit. The Eagles beat the Vikings in landing Hunt. The Eagles addressed a potential need with a proven player, something that is only going to get more aggressive as the CBA nears its seemingly inevitable conclusion.
At 6-0, 250, in the Vikings' scheme of things, Hunt likely would have been a pass-rush specialist, but, given the current uncertainty, any potential oasis is being viewed as an offseason win. The Vikings lost out Friday.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.