Barr spurns Jets, to stay with Vikings

Barr spurns Jets, to stay with Vikings

Barr spurns Jets, to stay with Vikings

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

Earlier on Tuesday, linebacker Anthony Barr had second thoughts on signing with the Jets and chose to return to the Vikings.

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).

Shortly thereafter, the Lions agreed to terms on a five-year deal worth about $17 million to $18 million a year with former Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers.

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Now, the Vikings will need to clear cap space quickly to afford Barr and attend to its other needs.

At the last second, the Vikings sent a private jet out to court Winfield and at the eleventh hour, he would change course and sign a six-year, $34.8 million contract with Minnesota.

The 26-year-old pass rusher has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last four seasons with the Vikings. He played in 13 games in 2018 and recorded 55 tackles, three sacks, and a forced fumble. In 71 career games, Barr has 338 tackles and 13.5 sacks. 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. Teams also are allowed to back of any trade before that deadline; however, we hadn't seen that happen yet this year until news broke about Barr's decision.

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