Report: Jets to sign Anthony Barr
The New York Jets have quickly become one of the most active teams on the open market. After agreeing to sign a pair of wide receivers in Josh Bellamy and Jamison Crowder, the Jets have apparently turned their attention to the defensive side of the football. According to a Monday evening report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Jets have agreed to terms with former Minnesota Vikings linebacker and pass rusher Anthony Barr:
Former Vikings’ LB Anthony Barr intends to sign with the NY Jets, per league source. Jets get a pass rusher.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2019
The soon-to-be 27-year-old Barr had previously spent his entire NFL career as a member of the aforementioned Vikings. Minnesota originally selected Barr, who played his collegiate football for the UCLA Bruins, in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. After coming off the board to the Vikings at No. 9 overall back in 2014, Barr then spent the next five seasons in the NFC North before now reportedly switching conferences in favor of the up-and-coming Jets.
The Jets have seemingly been linked to every major free agent early on in the offseason. With some serious money to spend, the Jets have now landed several free agents, with former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell still on the team’s wish list.
However, if the Jets are to land Bell in the end, they will have to cough up some serious dough even after shelling it out for other free agents.
For now, though, all eyes are on the Jets’ defense thanks to the addition of Anthony Barr.