Minnesota Vikings sign Anthony Barr: Grade, reaction and more

Heather Diaz
March 13, 2019

After telling the New York Jets he meant to sign with them, linebacker Anthony Barr got cold feet, changed his mind and informed the Vikings that he will be returning to Minnesota, a source confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday.

Barr's new deal with the Vikings will be for five years, and $67.5 million, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports. Though his deal includes up to $10 million in incentives, he'll return to a team that uses him in a varied role, where he's charged as much with occupying blockers' attention before dropping into coverage as he is with chasing down quarterbacks and racking up the kinds of statistics that often trigger incentives and larger accolades.

The Jets entered the offseason with about $100 million in salary cap space, and they have put it to good use. Barr, 26, has earned a Pro Bowl spot in Minnesota each of the past four seasons. In 71 career games, Barr has 338 tackles and 13.5 sacks. A healthy Mosley - who's missed only three games in five seasons - commanded more on the open market than Alexander.

Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta get married in a star-studded event
Akash and Shloka's pre-wedding festivities started with a bang with parties after parties in St Moritz, Switzerland. Sundar Pichai attended the grand wedding with wife Anjali, dressed in traditional outfits.

The one big advantage the Vikings likely had in their negotiations is the fact that Barr is familiar with their defense.

Barr was the ninth overall pick in the 2014 draft out of UCLA, where he made 23.5 sacks in his final two seasons. Teams also are allowed to back of any trade before that deadline; however, we hadn't seen that happen yet this year until news broke about Barr's decision.

At the last second, the Vikings sent a private jet out to court Winfield and at the eleventh hour, he would change course and sign a six-year, $34.8 million contract with Minnesota.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER