LB Anthony Barr backs out on Jets deal, will stay with Vikings

Florence Fletcher
March 13, 2019

Pro Bowl linebacker Anthony Barr had a change of heart overnight and will remain with the Minnesota Vikings, according to multiple reports Tuesday.

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

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Mosley agreed to a five-year deal with the Jets worth $85 million, including $51 million guaranteed.

Barr, who will turn 27 on March 18, recorded 70 tackles and a sack for the Vikings in 2018.

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

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Until we reach that Wednesday deadline, players are allowed to back out of any deal they agree to, which is what Barr did with the Jets. For his career, he has 13.5 sacks while averaging 68 tackles per season over five seasons.

Barr was the Vikings first-round draft pick in 2014.

Barr has made four straight Pro Bowl appearances after missing out on the honor during his rookie campaign.

The New York Jets also had interest in signing Barr. That being said, it's highly unlikely the Vikings went above $15 million per year, because that's roughly how much it would have cost to franchise tag Barr for the 2019 season.

Barr has spent all five of his National Football League seasons with Minnesota, earning Pro Bowl nods in each of the past four years.

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