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.