Anthony Barr reportedly spurns Jets to return to Minnesota Vikings

Ross Houston
March 12, 2019

However, on Tuesday, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo says Barr has changed his mind and will stay with the Vikings.

You thought linebacker Anthony Barr was going to the Jets?

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.

He hasn't reached those kind of sack numbers in the National Football League - his season-high is four, set in his rookie season - but he was a versatile edge defender in Minnesota and could see more time as a pass-rusher for new Jets' defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. And he was an edge rusher for just his final two seasons at UCLA, because he spent his first two playing offense. That being said, it's highly unlikely the Vikings went above $15 million per year, because that's roughly how much it would have cost to franchise tag Barr for the 2019 season.

Now, Barr will likely be looked at as more of an edge rusher than an off-ball linebacker, especially given that the Jets are still reportedly interested in adding linebacker C.J.

Though, with north of $80 million to spend in free agency, Jets fans were hoping for that big time splash.

Barr has continued to grade out as one of the best pass-rushing 4-3 outside linebackers in the NFL.

They got that and a whole lot more Monday evening.

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