Jets to sign former Vikings Pro Bowl LB Anthony Barr

After reportedly intending to sign the Jets on Monday night, four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Anthony Barr has made a decision to remain with the Vikings, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com reports.

However, on Tuesday, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo says Barr has changed his mind and will stay with the Vikings.

On Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter said the Jets are in line to sign Barr to a contract. Per Ian Rapoport, Barr will receive a five-year deal with $67.5 million with $33 million in guarantees.


Pro Football Focus ranked Barr as their third highest rated free agent linebacker after Jordan Hicks and C.J. Mosley. He has started all of his 71 career games, making 338 tackles, including 30 for loss and 13.5 sacks. The Vikings declined to franchise tag Barr by the deadline last week.

Barr, who was drafted by the Vikings, has made four Pro Bowl appearances in a row.

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. Minnesota has already moved on from safety Andrew Sendejo and then lost defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson to free agency, with the Cleveland Browns signed him to a three-year, $36 million deal. Instead, the offseason came and went without the linebacker signing a new deal, thus forcing him to play out his fifth-year option in 2018.


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