Anthony Barr to stay with Minnesota after turning down New York Jets

Anthony Barr

Anthony Barr

On Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter said the Jets are in line to sign Barr to a contract.

However, on Tuesday, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo says Barr has changed his mind and will stay with the Vikings.

After agreeing to a deal with NY on Monday, Barr doubled back and has made a decision to return to the Minnesota Vikings.

Barr's reversal stole the headlines on a day where the Vikings saw both Richardson and Latavius Murray set to depart for other teams; the running back reportedly agreed to a four-year, $14 million deal to join the Saints. This was going to be an intriguing challenge for new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who surely liked what Barr accomplished during his final two years at UCLA, from 2012-13, even though he has just 13.5 career sacks in the National Football League, largely due to his role in Minnesota. Per Ian Rapoport, Barr will receive a five-year deal with $67.5 million with $33 million in guarantees.




Although Barr would make the Pro Bowl for the fourth consecutive year, many felt that his desire to obtain edge rusher money as opposed to 4-3 linebacker money would keep him out of the Vikings' price range, but it appears the two sides have reached some sort of compromise.

Barr is a three-time Pro Bowler and at 26 years old, gives Minnesota a cornerstone to continue building around. He has started all of his 71 career games, making 338 tackles, including 30 for loss and 13.5 sacks.

Given that Barr will now be doing his thing as a pure pass rusher in the Jets' 3-4 scheme, we're expecting big things from him.

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