Barr spurns Jets, to stay with Vikings
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Mar 13, 2019,
Mar 13, 2019, 0:50
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.