Barr spurns Jets, to stay with Vikings

Barr had a change of heart overnight and has made a decision to re-sign with the Vikings, CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora confirms.

One day after he reportedly told the Jets he was going to sign with them, the free-agent linebacker has agreed to terms with the Vikings, according to NFL Network.

Having entered free agency with the second-most available cap space in the National Football League, the Jets are expected to make multiple other offseason additions after bringing in the 26-year-old pass-rusher.

With incentives, the deal could reach $77.5 million for Barr.

The one big advantage the Vikings likely had in their negotiations is the fact that Barr is familiar with their defense.

Barr has been a starter with the Vikings since they drafted him ninth overall in 2014 and has been named to the Pro Bowl the past four seasons.

The Jets went into the free-agency period with a new coaching staff, considerable cap space (over $100 million), a second-year quarterback with substantial promise and many holes on their defense.

The 26-year-old is coming off a 55-tackle, three-sack campaign for the Vikings last year.

The Ravens wanted to re-sign Mosley, but the Jets outbid them.

While outside linebacker Anthony Barr spurning the Jets will sting their long-suffering fan base for at least a little while, this is a blow the Jets should be able to recover from.

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