Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Jets to sign former Vikings Pro Bowl LB Anthony Barr

Jets to sign former Vikings Pro Bowl LB Anthony Barr

Deals with outside free agents can be signed Wednesday at 3 p.m., so that's why the Jets couldn't officially sign Barr, but he could sign with the Vikings on Tuesday because he's an in-house player.

According to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, Barr got cold feed and spurned NY in favor of a return to Minnesota.

Schefter says Richardson intends to sign a three-year deal with the Cleveland Browns.

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Although terms of Barr's new deal with the Vikings haven't been reported, it wouldn't be shocking to find out that they came closer to whatever the Jets were offering (New York was believed to have made an offer somewhere between $14 million and $15 million per year).

In five seasons with the Vikings, Barr has totaled 13.5 sacks and been voted to the Pro Bowl four times. Barr is considered one of the top linebackers in free agency. And he was an edge rusher for just his final two seasons at UCLA, because he spent his first two playing offense. The results were varied as his play has slipped slightly in recent years but it wasn't long ago that Barr was considered one of, if not the best off-ball outside linebacker in the league.

Barr's made it known that he would like to be more of a pass-rusher, and it looks like the Jets' deficiencies on the edge will give him every conceivable chance to rush the passer on a regular basis. More moves are likely to follow. Getting Barr is a big boost to the defense, and putting him back on the outside of a 3-4 defense could unlock his true potential.

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