Anthony Barr staying away from Vikings OTAs

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The Vikings have targeted linebacker Anthony Barr as one of their own players they hope to be able to extend.

And it appears he’s going to wait for them to do just that.

According to Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Barr is skipping the team’s OTAs.

He attended coach Mike Zimmer’s football camp over the weekend, but decided to not attend the voluntary work.

“He came to me [Tuesday] and said he wasn’t going to be here,” Zimmer said Wednesday. “I don’t worry about those things. I just know the conversation we had, I’ll keep between myself and him.”

The 26-year-old Barr is entering the final year of his contract. His $12.306 million base salary is guaranteed, but he has no workout bonuses in his deal so he’s not losing any money, as some other conscientious objectors are.

44 responses to “Anthony Barr staying away from Vikings OTAs

  1. Great player! I only hope they bring him back thou at the right price.

    I would rather keep:

    Diggs: He’s a game changing WR that the Vikings lucked into finding and it’s a position they struggle to draft regular.

    Waynes: Keeps improving. Solid Cornerbacks are a premium position and we should keep him.

    Hunter: Good defensive edge rushers are turning into a premium in the NFL. A big reason for Philly’s run was good defensive line play.

    Barr is great LB and super talented, but he has been injured and has has “coasted”. Also LB is a devalued position in the NFL. It’s like paying too much for a RB, but on the defensive side.

  2. Seeing what just happened to Hunter Henry tearing his ACL during OTAs, I’m surprised any veterans attend these. Barr, Hunter, Diggs. Diggs should be signed, toss up between Barr and Hunter.

  3. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    May 23, 2018 at 4:48 pm
    “After all guys, I won the division for us by knocking Rodgers out.”

    ///////////////////

    And he’s going to do it again this year and the year after and the year after………….

  4. mnrasslinggovjesse says:

    “After all guys, I won the division for us by knocking Rodgers out.”

    —-

    “…And by drafting horrendously for over a decade, completely ignoring free agency, never putting a decent defense on the field, choosing to employ Dom Capers year after year and believing that Brett Hundley was a viable back-up quarterback.”

    No, wait. That was a different guy.

  5. If you could know that you’re getting the Anthony Barr who plays up to his ability instead of the guy who disappears for games this would be much easier.

  6. Barr is as overrated as any player in the league. Slow. Misses assignments. Lock him up Vikes!

  7. I think Barr is going to be the toughest of the Viking FAs to sign. He doesn’t have the “sexy stats” that get linebackers paid, but some of that has to do with scheme more than talent. Add in that he is on the injury report a lot, perception that he can coast at times, and the value of his position, I imagine there being a gap between what Barr is asking and what the Vikings are offering.

    Vikings seem to draft well on the defense side of the ball, its beginning to feel like Barr will be the odd man out on contracts.

  8. cabosan1978 says:
    May 23, 2018 at 5:14 pm
    Barr is as overrated as any player in the league. Slow. Misses assignments. Lock him up Vikes

    //////////////////

    Clay Matthews and Nick Perry 2017 combined stats 50 solo tackles 31 assisted.
    Anthony Barr 2017 stats 53 solo tackles and 23 assisted.
    Who is overrated?

  9. flviking says:
    May 23, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Clay Matthews and Nick Perry 2017 combined stats 50 solo tackles 31 assisted.
    Anthony Barr 2017 stats 53 solo tackles and 23 assisted.
    Who is overrated?

    ——————————————————————————–
    Statistics are a funny thing:
    2017 Anthony Barr – sacks – 1, Matthews and Perry combined 15.5 (8.5/7 respectively)
    The answer is they all may be overrated although 26 yo Matthews destroys 26 yo Barr.

  10. Bar Hunter Diggs. They have to sign Diggs because they really do not have a very good # 3 WR at the moment. Maybe one develops. The back up behind both Barr and HUnter eh. However they fell more comfortable with may be the guy who does not make it.

  11. Kendricks and Barr are like best friends since college. Hope he can talk some sense into him. I do like Zimmers comment to keep the conversation they had private.

  12. Not a big deal given the continuity of the defense and the fact that he’s talked with Zim, but it is a weird position to take given the fact that he’s in the last year of his contract, the Vikes usually don’t do the renegotiations till July, and have indicated a desire to extend him. If it’s some kind of protest, it’s misguided. I’m more worried that he’s having even more knee problems.

  13. vikefan4life says:
    May 23, 2018 at 5:50 pm
    flviking says:
    May 23, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Clay Matthews and Nick Perry 2017 combined stats 50 solo tackles 31 assisted.
    Anthony Barr 2017 stats 53 solo tackles and 23 assisted.
    Who is overrated?

    ——————————————————————————–
    Statistics are a funny thing:

    The answer is they all may be overrated although 26 yo Matthews destroys 26 yo Barr

    ////////////////////////////////

    Statistics are real, opinions are a funny thing, a 34 yo Tom Brady destroys 34 yo Rodgers

  14. cabosan1978 says:

    May 23, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Barr is as overrated as any player in the league. Slow. Misses assignments. Lock him up Vikes!

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    How is Barr slow? He is a freak athlete and is very quick. A few years ago the Vikings played the Falcons. Telvin Coleman (A running back) got lose and was running for a touchdown. Barr managed to spring and catch up to him (A RUNNING BACK!) and poke the ball out saving a Touchdown.

    He is very talented. I just wonder if he is worth keeping due to injury history and him having a history of “coasting”.

  15. flviking says:
    May 23, 2018 at 5:35 pm
    Clay Matthews and Nick Perry 2017 combined stats 50 solo tackles 31 assisted.
    Anthony Barr 2017 stats 53 solo tackles and 23 assisted.
    Who is overrated?
    ////////////////////////////

    I’ll take a guess. The rest of your defense?

  16. stellarperformance says:

    May 24, 2018 at 8:24 am

    flviking says:
    May 23, 2018 at 5:35 pm
    Clay Matthews and Nick Perry 2017 combined stats 50 solo tackles 31 assisted.
    Anthony Barr 2017 stats 53 solo tackles and 23 assisted.
    Who is overrated?
    ////////////////////////////

    I’ll take a guess. The rest of your defense?

    —————-

    Rhodes, Harrison Smith, overrated? Yea right. I love how everyone thinks our defense “stinks” just because of one game and that our defense is going to falter going forward. Way to be prisoner of the moment and ignore the fact that our defense has been in the top 10, or top 5 the last 3 years and all the player involved are super young and going nowhere.

  17. Oh Stella, why do you tee the ball up like that…..

    Considering the Vikings defense was “rated” the best in the league last year, if someone has an opinion that any other defense is better, that would technically make them “overrated”

    I doubt anybody considers the Packer defense overrated…….

  18. cabosan1978 says:

    May 23, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Barr is as overrated as any player in the league. Slow. Misses assignments. Lock him up Vikes!

    —————————

    Haha, “slow”. . .thanks for proving to the rest of us that you know absolutely nothing about NFL football.

  19. vikefan4life says:
    May 23, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    flviking says:
    May 23, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Clay Matthews and Nick Perry 2017 combined stats 50 solo tackles 31 assisted.
    Anthony Barr 2017 stats 53 solo tackles and 23 assisted.
    Who is overrated?

    ——————————————————————————–
    Statistics are a funny thing:
    2017 Anthony Barr – sacks – 1, Matthews and Perry combined 15.5 (8.5/7 respectively)
    The answer is they all may be overrated although 26 yo Matthews destroys 26 yo Barr.
    ___________

    Barr doesn’t even play the same position as Matthews and Perry so it makes no sense to compare their stats.

  20. stellarperformance says:
    May 24, 2018 at 12:27 pm
    Top rated “regular season” defense. Don’t forget that asterisk
    —-
    How dare you place that Aaron Rodgers asterisk on the Viking defense after one game. If it happens years after year then ok.

  21. stellarperformance says:

    May 24, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Top rated “regular season” defense. Don’t forget that asterisk.

    —————-

    Whatever way you want to phrase they are still one the top defenses. Who care’s if they are #1, or #3, or #5. Maybe the #1 ranking was inflated a bit, but does it really matter? They are a good defense and have been good for a few years. I don’t get how as a Green Bay fan, who has had terrible defenses can even really pick on the Vikings defense.

  22. stellarperformance says:

    May 24, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Top rated “regular season” defense. Don’t forget that asterisk.

    —————–

    Still whining over a legal hit. Green Bay fans think that they are privileged and that nothing bad can ever happen to their precious players. Get real. This is football. We lose our QB every year practically and have the same win-loss record in the past 4 years.

  23. cheeseisfattening says:

    May 24, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Barr should get a bonus for making cheese eaters cry and they have been crying for 8 months now. It is so much fun to read their takes on that hit. Haha.

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    No kidding! We lose our QB every year. They should just be thankful that has only happened twice so far, with many years of brilliant play in between.

  24. stellarperformance says:
    May 24, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Top rated “regular season” defense. Don’t forget that asterisk.
    _________

    The top-rated “postseason” defense was the Packers. They didn’t give up any yards or points.

  25. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    May 24, 2018 at 12:55 pm
    vikefan4life says:
    May 23, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    flviking says:
    May 23, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Clay Matthews and Nick Perry 2017 combined stats 50 solo tackles 31 assisted.
    Anthony Barr 2017 stats 53 solo tackles and 23 assisted.
    Who is overrated?

    ——————————————————————————–
    Statistics are a funny thing:
    2017 Anthony Barr – sacks – 1, Matthews and Perry combined 15.5 (8.5/7 respectively)
    The answer is they all may be overrated although 26 yo Matthews destroys 26 yo Barr.
    ___________

    Barr doesn’t even play the same position as Matthews and Perry so it makes no sense to compare their stats

    ///////////////////////

    All three are listed as outside linebackers.

  26. There’s a huge difference between a 4-3 outside linebacker and a 3-4 outside linebacker. Barr should have more tackles and Matthews and Perry should have more sacks.

    There’s been too much comparing players based only on their stats this week. Let’s go beyond the numbers and look at how well a player does what he’s asked to do.

  27. ajzinnecker says:
    May 24, 2018 at 1:12 pm
    stellarperformance says:

    May 24, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Top rated “regular season” defense. Don’t forget that asterisk.

    —————-

    Whatever way you want to phrase they are still one the top defenses. Who care’s if they are #1, or #3, or #5. Maybe the #1 ranking was inflated a bit, but does it really matter? They are a good defense and have been good for a few years. I don’t get how as a Green Bay fan, who has had terrible defenses can even really pick on the Vikings defense.

    ___________

    Remember how Stellar used to try and sell on the Packers and Vikings Defenses being equal? That was so cute.

  28. Barr needs to be the odd man out. I like him, but he is a bit overrated and has had injury issues. I would like to keep him, but he doesn’t deserve money anywhere near Kendricks.

  29. Barr is in hiding. Knows he better have his head on a swivel when he plays GB this year. Revenge is a dish best served cold. Maybe he’ll find out what it is to lose his livelihood for a year with a legal but unnecessary shot.

  30. Why would Barr need his head on a swivel for playing against that super soft team that is the packers today? The packers are all finesse with having Fabio sprinkle in some roid rages.

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