After telling the New York Jets he meant to sign with them, linebacker Anthony Barr got cold feet, changed his mind and informed the Vikings that he will be returning to Minnesota, a source confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday.
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.
Barr, who reportedly had a verbal agreement Monday on a deal with the Jets, reversed course on Tuesday, agreeing to a five-year, $67.5 million deal to stay with the Vikings. He adds that Barr could earn up to $77.5 through incentives, and $33 million of the deal is guaranteed. The contract includes $33 million in guaranteed money, according to an National Football League source.
Barr was the ninth overall pick in the 2014 draft out of UCLA, where he made 23.5 sacks in his final two seasons. In 71 career games, Barr has 338 tackles and 13.5 sacks. 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.
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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.
In 13 games last season, Barr had 55 tackles and three sacks.
But Barr staying in Minnesota isn't the end of the world for the Jets.