Anthony Barr changing his mind and will remain with Minnesota Vikings
Anthony Barr is staying home after all. Less than 24 hours after the free agent outside linebacker agreed to terms with the New York Jets, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported on Tuesday morning that he had a change of heart and has ultimately decided to re-sign with the Minnesota Vikings.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 12, 2019
News first broke on Monday evening that Barr had informed the Jets of his intention to sign in New York. Details of his would-be contract were never disclosed. Though the Jets are surely upset about being spurned, the legal tampering period of free agency has still been good to Adam Gase’s team, who reached a deal with talented slot receiver Jamison Crowder on Monday and on Tuesday morning snatched superstar inside linebacker C.J. Mosley away from the Baltimore Ravens with a record five-year, $85 million contract.
Monday marked the first day teams were permitted to contact exterior free agent targets. Players and teams that have agreed on contracts are allowed to put pen to paper come Wednesday afternoon.
Barr hasn’t been an especially productive pass-rusher since the Vikings selected him with the ninth overall pick in the 2014 draft. The UCLA product has nevertheless established himself as an extremely valuable contributor, making his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl in 2018. The-26 year-old finished with a career-low 55 tackles last season, also chipping in eight tackles for loss, while playing in 13 games. He just missed out on being selected for the NFL Top 100 list, placing No. 107.
Minnesota, 8-7-1 last season, ranked fourth in total yards allowed and ninth in points scored against.