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Anthony Barr apparently got cold feet, originally agreeing to sign with the New York Jets. It was rumored he wanted to return to his college roots as a pass rusher. But he will re-sign with Minnesota for five years worth $67.5 million with $33 million guaranteed. Barr was drafted by the Vikings as an outside linebacker and thrived within the system.
The former first-round pick for the Vikings is now a five-year veteran and has accumulated 338 tackles, 13.5 sacks, and 1 interception. He has been consistent with his overall production in Minnesota. A change of scenery and perhaps position could have stimulated his change of mind.
In January Barr said, “I don’t know. I don’t really like to speak in hypotheticals too much, because who knows if I’m going to be back or not. Our defense is what we do. I don’t think it’s going to be a whole lot different than what we’ve done in the past. We make adjustments throughout the off-seasons and through the course of the season, but for the most part we are who we are. It’s been good to me, so we’ll see what happens.”
He should expect to see more of the same in Minnesota playing off the ball within the Vikings defense. He is freakishly athletic and is a multifaceted piece within that unit. Minnesota is better with this acquisition and the Jets are simply the same organization that will be spurned off and on the field. The Free Agency period is in full swing!
Until next time, stay thirsty! JT out.