Vikings news: Minnesota GM wants to keep Stefon Diggs, Anthony Barr
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Vikings GM says team wants to keep Stefon Diggs and Anthony Barr

Rick Spielman, Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings crossed off an important item on their offseason to-do list as they locked up defensive end Danielle Hunter to a long-term extension. But they still have to take care of two more important players in linebacker Anthony Barr and wide receiver Stefon Diggs.

Vikings GM Rick Spielman was asked about how the team plans to handle the contract situations of those two. He says the team still wants to hold onto both and will try to do so.

Per Courtney Cronin of ESPN:

“We want to keep all of our guys and we’ll try to see if there’s a way that we can do that because not only, those guys are very important to us and would love to get them locked up as well.”

Barr, 26, has been an integral part of the Vikings defense ever since they drafted him with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He’s played in and started 58 out of a possible 64 regular-season games over his four-year career, registering 283 tackles, 10.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, and an interception.

As for Diggs, he has exceeded all expectations after he was drafted in the fifth round in 2015. He’s coming off another strong year in 2017 as he had 64 catches for 849 yards and eight touchdowns. He and Adam Thielen have formed one of the most promising receiving duos in the league and will be important to the success of new quarterback Kirk Cousins.

When asked recently about his contract situation, Barr says it’s “on the organization” to get it done. Meanwhile, Diggs says he’s more focused on winning than worrying about his contract.