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

Anthony Barr

The Redskins were big players in the sweepstakes, according to NFL Network, but they agreed to terms Monday afternoon on a six-year, $84 million deal with former Giants safety Landon Collins, according to ESPN.

The Vikings, who had about $7 million of cap room when they agreed to a deal with Barr, need to come up with more money to re-sign him.

Barr's contract with the Jets was set to pay him around $15 million per year, but it was not enough to keep the UCLA product from leaving the team that drafted him. The Jets offered more, the source said, but Barr loves playing in Minnesota.

Barr will instead remain with the Vikings.

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Instead of heading to NY as a pass rushing linebacker, the four-time Pro Bowler became the second free agent in as many years to spurn a larger offer from the Jets, following what Kirk Cousins did last year. He got both from the Browns. He had 13 1/2 sacks in five seasons, including three past year, with the Vikings.

So far, it looks like defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson will indeed be departing the team.

Minnesota's starter has been Dalvin Cook, but Murray stepped up during each of the past two seasons when Cook was out with injuries.

A nagging hamstring injury limited Barr to 13 games in 2018, his fewest since his rookie season. The importance of re-signing Barr for Minnesota can't go underemphasized. His market heading into free agency was purely as a pass rusher - something he did in a part-time role with the Vikings.

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