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Vikings sign first-round pick Anthony Barr

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The Vikings had two first-round picks earlier this month, but only one of them remains unsigned.

Multiple reports indicate the Vikings have agreed to terms with ninth-overall pick Anthony Barr. Barr, like all first-round picks, will be signed for four years with a Vikings option for the fifth year. If that option is exercised, the salary would be the same as the transition tag because Barr was selected in the top 10.

There may be some question about what tag Barr will qualify for as he’ll likely see time as both an outside linebacker and rush end for the Vikings. There’s no call to make on the option until after three years, though, and Barr may have established himself at one spot or the other for salary purposes well ahead of that point.

Whatever position Barr is listed at, the Vikings will be looking for the same kind of impact on pockets that he had at UCLA. Barr racked up 23.5 sacks, 41.5 tackles for losses and nine forced fumbles for the Bruins in two years after making the move from running back to pass rusher.

Barr is the fifth first-round pick to sign and the fifth member of the Vikings’ draft class as Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reports that seventh-round defensive tackle Shamar Stephen has also agreed to his deal. First-round quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, third-round defensive end Scott Crichton, third-round running back Jerick McKinnon, sixth-round cornerback Antone Exum and seventh-round linebacker Brandon Watts remain unsigned.

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53 Responses to “Vikings sign first-round pick Anthony Barr”
  1. tokyosandblaster says: May 20, 2014 11:04 AM

    …who? The latest bust? Oh. Expected.

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  2. domezo says: May 20, 2014 11:08 AM

    SKOL!!

  3. sdsmooth says: May 20, 2014 11:11 AM

    This will be the highlight of Mr. Barr’s career as a Viking. Over the next 4 years he’ll be able to witness a carousel of quarterbacks and head coaches going in and out of Winter Park.

    He’ll make a great Seahawk in 2018.

  4. rosstuckershair says: May 20, 2014 11:12 AM

    Barr will be a stud on the Strong Side…

  5. r8dernation says: May 20, 2014 11:12 AM

    The Vikes signed who?

  6. ubepunkedagain says: May 20, 2014 11:12 AM

    The Vikings whole first round is going to bust.

  7. cursedvikings1998 says: May 20, 2014 11:13 AM

    The Vikings suck.

  8. crownofthehelmet says: May 20, 2014 11:14 AM

    It’ll be fun to watch him fly by Rodgers and flatten Lacy for a loss. But since they won’t play until wk 5, I’ll need to wait until next year, as there is no way each or both won’t be injured by then.

  9. fartweasel says: May 20, 2014 11:15 AM

    QBs will learn this young mans number very quickly in zimmers defense. Not as a LB though. He is a Jason Taylor clone. Watch out erin.

  10. defeetrexryan says: May 20, 2014 11:16 AM

    This guy will be a poor man’s LT. That’s not an insult – LT was incredibly good.

  11. Sir Bupkis says: May 20, 2014 11:17 AM

    Bust.

  12. cpo187 says: May 20, 2014 11:17 AM

    Now lets unleash him on Cutler, Rodgers, and Stafford!

  13. chris1cat says: May 20, 2014 11:17 AM

    Awesome, he will start at OLB. Everson and B Rob at ends. ZimZam will “Send ” him on various blitz packages. Watch the tape this guy gets around the corner quicker than lightning! He can cover as he posted 4.5 speed at his pro day and has the quick flex hips. Great draft choice Vikings!
    Rock N” SKOL!

  14. ruvelligwebuike says: May 20, 2014 11:17 AM

    Anthony, you’re going to love it here! Art, theatre, parks, schools, professional sports teams…they don’t have that anywhere else! Plus there is Mall of America! Have you ever tried hotdish?

  15. realnflmaster says: May 20, 2014 11:19 AM

    He’s going to be better than Mack AND Clowney.

  16. rosstuckershair says: May 20, 2014 11:22 AM

    Wow, you might be right. I must have missed the picture of Barr with a joint in the background like Ha Ha. Since Ted was after Brandin Cooks anyhow.

    And I guess we all can’t have instant impact players on a team like Nick Perry and Datone Jones, Brian Bulaga and Mike Sherrod..

  17. tacomatiger says: May 20, 2014 11:23 AM

    Aaron Curry type potential, doomed to be a bust SKOL

  18. norseyapper says: May 20, 2014 11:24 AM

    Hopefully those last few will sign soon as well. The rookie wage scale makes these signings virtually automatic, which is such a huge improvement to a few years ago when rookies too often were holding out well after training camp started.

  19. toneloc1970 says: May 20, 2014 11:25 AM

    VIKINGS HAD A GREAT DRAFT!

  20. johngaltwho says: May 20, 2014 11:31 AM

    The Vikings continue to dominate the offseason. I see an undefeated pre-season on the horizon. The excitement will continue to build – and then football starts.

  21. realfootballfan says: May 20, 2014 11:35 AM

    Think this guy will be the surprise impact player of the first round.

  22. ragnarthegreat says: May 20, 2014 11:38 AM

    It’s funny how the QB position defines so many things. Spielman get so much bad press for his reach for Ponder that people are calling his picks a this year a bust. But if you look at the history, except for Ponder his drafts have been strong, producing good players. I expect Barr to be one of these too.

  23. rosstuckershair says: May 20, 2014 11:40 AM

    The Vikings continue to dominate the offseason. I see an undefeated pre-season on the horizon. The excitement will continue to build – and then football starts……..

    Can’t wait for the real season. Care to make a prediction for the Packers in Seattle??…hahaha

  24. ragnarthemagnificent says: May 20, 2014 11:59 AM

    I can’t wait to see what Mike Zimmer does with the Defense this year. Last year the D was the problem. Offense, however anemic it could be was not the reason the Vikes lost games. I’m going to get my #5 and #55 Jerseys ordered – SKOL!

  25. gergie1957 says: May 20, 2014 12:02 PM

    I sense a lot of fear of the Vikings here Grasshopper, I wonder why?

  26. f1restarter says: May 20, 2014 12:03 PM

    Anthony Bust.

  27. jimthebuilder27 says: May 20, 2014 12:05 PM

    The Vikings signed him, and their classless fans will love him until he’s flattened by Eddie Lacy, then they’ll turn on him! Happens everytime!

  28. chris1cat says: May 20, 2014 12:08 PM

    Yep…….Seattle 31 Packers 2

  29. ClaHGH Matthews says: May 20, 2014 12:10 PM

    …who? The latest bust? Oh. Expected.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^Expected? Be honest for once, you HOPE he’s a bust. So far, Spielman as a GM hasn’t drafted anybody that qualifies as a 1st round bust. Thompson, on the other hand, has only drafted one or two that don’t qualify as a 1st round bust. Before the draft, I thought Clinton-Dix would be a pretty good safety in the NFL. Since Thompson drafted him in the 1st, it’s expected that he will probably be considered a bust by his 4th year.

  30. tundra67 says: May 20, 2014 12:11 PM

    This guy definitely is a top athlete and has huge upside. He could be excellent.
    However, he also has only played OLB for two years and is a big projection at the NFL level.
    So his bust potential is also high.

  31. southpaw2k says: May 20, 2014 12:18 PM

    Reports now coming out that the Vikings have signed Bridgewater as well.

    I’m still not used to this system of rookie players signing their contracts so quickly. Does anyone else miss the days of rookie drama, e.g. JaMarcus Russell holding out until after Week 1 of the 2007 season to finally sign his deal?

  32. obsessedvikingfan says: May 20, 2014 12:31 PM

    I for one am excited to see how this kid does. He is raw but I have faith that Zimmer is a good coach to bring him around.

    Is the season here yet?

  33. fwippel says: May 20, 2014 12:38 PM

    Can’t wait to see Barr unleashed. He’s going to need a good deal of coaching if he’s going to stay on the field for all three downs, but Mike Zimmer is the guy to do it.

  34. obsessedvikingfan says: May 20, 2014 12:41 PM

    I love how fans of every team be it MN, GB, DET or Chi will always say that other teams drafted players are busts.

    Truth is, every team has busts, every team has players that turn out as good or better than expected.

    Is the season here yet?

  35. thraiderskin says: May 20, 2014 12:48 PM

    I don’t see why anyone is all that pumped for a lb out of the PAC 12 that didn’t go to USC.

  36. ktm300xcwe says: May 20, 2014 12:52 PM

    Wow, you might be right. I must have missed the picture of Barr with a joint in the background like Ha Ha. Since Ted was after Brandin Cooks anyhow.

    And I guess we all can’t have instant impact players on a team like Nick Perry and Datone Jones, Brian Bulaga and Mike Sherrod..

    ________________________________
    ….AND Ahmad Carroll, Nick Perry , Justin Harrell, AJ Hawk……

  37. chicagosports2014 says: May 20, 2014 12:53 PM

    Viking can’t make good early 1st round picks unless it was like AP or Kahlil Mack no brainerslol

  38. reesesteel23 says: May 20, 2014 12:57 PM

    Those stats are RIDICULOUS for 2 years at LB.

  39. ariani1985 says: May 20, 2014 1:02 PM

    Viking LB > fabio

  40. wallydippins says: May 20, 2014 1:12 PM

    Who was the bigger reach in the draft:

    Bortles at 3 or Barr at 9?

  41. rosstuckershair says: May 20, 2014 1:22 PM

    Viking can’t make good early 1st round picks unless it was like AP or Kahlil Mack no brainerslol….

    Try Harrison Smith..Drafted in the 20s. Cordarelle Patterson, Xavier Rhodes, Shariff Floyd..all drafted in the 20s. Shall we compare those to Nick Perry and Datone Jones (22 snaps his first year)? Impact players those 2 are..

  42. whatjusthapped says: May 20, 2014 1:37 PM

    The book on him is that he is raw and under developed but has upside potential. So it makes sense that Spieladope would reach at #8 overall and take him. There were at least 5 more defensive players on the board that would have more immediate impact but if you are planning to finish in last place again, then this pick makes sense for the long term.

    It might take a few years for him to figure out the NFL so naturally the Viking fans are predicting Pro Bowl in his rookie year and Hall of Fame stats by the time he finishes his 3rd year.

    Spring is marked by 3 annual events, the weather gets warmer, the flowers begin to bloom and the Viking fans predict yet another Superbowl win.

  43. bobnelsonjr says: May 20, 2014 1:46 PM

    Maybe like other viking first picks Percy Harvin, Troy Williamson, Kenechi Udeze, he can get out of his viking contract in less than 4 years.

    Otherwise he will sign elsewhere after 4 years like
    first picks Chris Hovan, Micheal Bennett, Tyrell Johnson, Chris Cook, and others.

    In the last 14 years, they have not had many sign a 2nd contract and stay.

  44. rosstuckershair says: May 20, 2014 2:00 PM

    Spring is also marked by the big “Owners Meeting at Lameblow. I really did love how some “owners” complained that the brass didn’t “clue them in” on their offseason plans. I wish I could find the clod in a cheesehead that says “Packer Owner” Oh Well, there is no offseason plan, Here are what NFL Exec and Scouts say about Thompson:

    “They have no pro department up there,” an executive in personnel said. “Ted does some good things in drafting but they don’t do (expletive) in personnel.

    “Ted has shut it down lately. They’ve gone stone cold. They have not been utilizing all the markets. Now it’s caught up to him.”

    If Thompson trusts himself, pro personnel director Eliot Wolf and others in the building, he’ll resume activity in free agency and seek bargain-priced or market-priced veterans to augment the draft.

    As one scout put it, “You start at 8-8 when you have a franchise quarterback.”

    McCarthy deserves a degree of credit for developing Rodgers. He deserves blame for not being able to function better without him.

  45. rosstuckershair says: May 20, 2014 2:06 PM

    Maybe like other viking first picks Percy Harvin, Troy Williamson, Kenechi Udeze, he can get out of his viking contract in less than 4 years.

    Otherwise he will sign elsewhere after 4 years like
    first picks Chris Hovan, Micheal Bennett, Tyrell Johnson, Chris Cook, and others.

    You are 100 percent right. Really the Vikings might wish to look at TT’s new weapon, comp picks..Unfortunately, they have none since they actually sign free agents and all have stayed after 4 years. Udezi was diagnosed with cancer, and harvin traded. Do some reading other that the Door County Times

  46. slick50ks says: May 20, 2014 2:09 PM

    He was a huge reach.

  47. sonofad says: May 20, 2014 3:11 PM

    Esmarus James II.

  48. lnfinite says: May 20, 2014 3:33 PM

    Clowns are gonna trash talk. If there are no facts then make up crap as you go along. Let the real talk be on the field where it counts. That will shut up the trolls…

  49. wheezerswin says: May 20, 2014 3:46 PM

    I sure hope he can bring some competitive balance to the division. Watching the packers pummel the queens year in and year out is getting dull.

  50. jimmysee says: May 20, 2014 4:56 PM

    Very glad to see in the photo above he’s wearing gloves. He’ll need them in Minnesota.

    And long johns. And mucklucks.

    The weather outdoors will be a shock for that SoCal UCLA guy!

  51. rosstuckershair says: May 20, 2014 5:27 PM

    I sure hope he can bring some competitive balance to the division. Watching the packers pummel the queens year in and year out is getting dull……

    Really? You split in 2012 and tied in 2013…care to revise that?

    The Packers won One playoff game since 2010…From the best QB in the league. Something is wrong there..

  52. winninaintsinnin says: May 20, 2014 5:52 PM

    Marsh is already better.

  53. sonofad says: May 20, 2014 6:35 PM

    The Packers most recently won a Super Bowl in February of 2011.

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