Vikings LB Anthony Barr ‘absolutely’ wants to remain with Minnesota
The Minnesota Vikings and Anthony Barr haven’t agreed on an extension yet, and it’s not clear if the two sides are even close but there is one thing that is clear, he wants to stay in Minnesota.
“Absolutely,” Barr said Tuesday when asked if he wanted to stay with the Vikings via The Pioneer Press.
Barr is entering the final year of his rookie contract and would become a free agent in March unless the Vikings put the franchise tag on him. Right now Barr is focused on playing football, and he knows the contract situation will work itself out.
“I’m out here just getting better each day,” Barr said. “I’m with the team. What the future holds, I have no answer for that.”
The Vikings entered the offseason wanting to get four contract extensions and so far they have accomplished locking up three of them. Eric Kendricks, Danielle Hunter, and Stefon Diggs all are locked up in long-term contracts, and the Vikings have talked about wanting to get the deal done with Barr.
Last week, trade rumors were floating around. Barr and Mike Zimmer made sure the media understood that Barr was his guy and he wanted to lock him up to a long-term deal. Right now it’s all about this year for Barr, and he is ready to get the best teams shot every week.
“Obviously, we have a good foundation,” Barr said. “We’re comfortable. We’re a confident group, but it’s a whole new year. So what we did last year doesn’t really matter, but we’re excited for the challenge. We know we’re going to have a lot of teams coming after us because we were the No. 1 defensive team. Teams will take that seriously and give us their best shot, and we’ll be ready for that.”