The New York Jets thought they had signed Anthony Barr after agreeing to terms on Monday, but the star linebacker reversed course and stayed with the Minnesota Vikings.
The Jets entered the offseason with about $100 million in salary cap space, and they have put it to good use. After signing receivers Jamison Crowder and Josh Bellamy early in the day, the Jets made another huge splash by luring Barr away from the Minnesota Vikings. Then, chaos ensured on Tuesday.
After agreeing to a deal with New York on Monday, Barr doubled back and has decided to return to the Minnesota Vikings. The move was stunning, but gives the Vikings a huge piece moving into 2019.
Barr, who will turn 27 on March 18, recorded 70 tackles and a sack for the Vikings in 2018. The Vikings used Barr as an off-ball linebacker in their 4-3 scheme, and now will stay here instead of going into New York’s 3-4 scheme. This move will allow Barr to return to more of the edge rusher type role he played for UCLA in college, a frightening prospect for opposing offenses.
Details have yet to emerge on Barr’s contract.
This is huge for the Vikings. Minnesota has already moved on from safety Andrew Sendejo and then lost defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson to free agency, with the Cleveland Browns signed him to a three-year, $36 million deal.
Barr is a three-time Pro Bowler and at 26 years old, gives Minnesota a cornerstone to continue building around.