Anthony Barr to stay with Minnesota after turning down New York Jets

Elena Summers
March 13, 2019

Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract with Cleveland, and linebacker Anthony Barr agreed to sign with the New York Jets, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Here are eight that qualify. Similar players like Mosley and Kwon Alexander were both given contracts totaling well over $10 million per year, so it's likely Barr is in store for a nice payday. The extent to which you believe any of this can be corrected with the switch from Cam Newton to Andrew Luck is all relative, but based on his tape with the Panthers and going back to his days at MI, this is a bit of a head-scratcher. He had 13 1/2 sacks in five seasons, including three previous year, with the Vikings.

Almost 15 years later, the Vikings are socking it to the Jets again.

The Jets had big plans for Barr, as they tried to turn him into the high-sacks edge rusher that he wasn't in Minnesota.

They had less than $8 million in available space on Tuesday morning after agreeing to a three-year, $12.45 million deal with defensive tackle Shamar Stephen.

Per Albert Breer, the Vikigns sweetened their offer for Barr on Monday night. Here are some of the best Tweets following the news of Barr's decision to remain with the Vikings.

The Jets were going to be doing some projecting with Barr's role anyway, because he spent five seasons in Minnesota mostly not rushing the passer.

"Thank you to the Vikings organization for giving me an opportunity to do what I love to do", Murray wrote on Instagram.

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