Anthony Barr reiterates his desire to remain in Minnesota

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Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr reiterated Tuesday that he wants to remain with the Vikings long term. It remains unknown whether the sides are anywhere close to an extension.

“I’m just focusing on being here and getting better, so we’ll let that figure itself out,’’ Barr said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press.

Barr, 26, is entering the final year of his deal, scheduled to make $12.3 million. The former first-round draft pick has earned Pro Bowl honors the past three seasons.

The Vikings, of course, have the franchise tag they can use on Barr, so he’s not going anywhere. The team also has a history of getting extensions done it wants to get done.

Minnesota signed linebacker Eric Kendricks, defensive end Danielle Hunter and wide receiver Stefon Diggs to long-term deals since the end of last season. It’s a good bet the Vikings will get Barr done, too.

Barr has missed recent practices with an undisclosed injury and didn’t play in the preseason opener. Coach Mike Zimmer wouldn’t talk Barr’s absence other than to say it had nothing to do with the linebacker’s contract.

Barr wasn’t about to make the mistake Terrelle Pryor did in drawing the ire of Jets coach Todd Bowles for revealing his ankle injury.

“I’m out here just getting better each day,’’ Barr said. “I’m with the team. What the future holds, I have no answer for that.’’

41 responses to “Anthony Barr reiterates his desire to remain in Minnesota

  1. Last year’s MVP. No Barr, there would have been no lucky N.O. game … then again…the Philly game, not so much.

  2. Anthony wants to be in Minnesota and Vikings fans want him in Minnesota but the latest contract extensions clearly show he is not the main priority for Vikings management. Hopefully he will swallow his pride and accept that and agree to a take less money.

  3. The way the Starting D looked against Denver He might as well take as long as he wants!
    I don’t think Denver had an earned 1st down most the 1st half when the scrubs were in there,
    Even tho it was only a pre season game, it was still man to man from a team 4 years from winning a Super Bowl

  4. Remmers, sandejo, Easton, and treadwell will likely get released next year and free up enough cap space to keep Barr and possibly even Richardson.

  5. This team is stacked… Cousins, Thielen, Diggs, Rudolph, Kendall Wright, Cook, Murray, Joseph, Griffen, Richardson, Hunter, Barr, Kendricks, Smith, Rhodes, Waynes, Hughes and Zimmer

  6. I would like to keep him around, but at the right price. The reality is that he is banged up a lot, and that matters. He has done a good job playing hurt. I think he is slightly overrated on the national level, in big part because of him hurting Aaron Rodgers. Tho he has played all 16 games the last 2 years, he only has 3 total sacks (he had more than 3 his first 2 season) and also had more tackles his first 2 seasons despite playing fewer games.

    As weird as it sounds, he is probably like the 8th best player on defense (Xavier Rhodes, Harrison Smith, Linval Joseph, Everson Griffen, Danielle Hunter, Eric Kendricks-arguably Trae Waynes-who I would rather keep- and Sheldon Richardson. Also Andrew Sendejo is the QB of the defense. The thing he does have going for him is I’m not sure we are overly deep at LB, certainly not like DL and DB.

  7. Wow! It’s kind of odd that a player as young as Barr would openly admit that he has no desire or will to ever be an NFL Champion and that he actually wants to settle on playing for mediocrity personified the rest of his career.
    Well, to each his own.

  8. Viking fans running their mouth about teams that have actually won something?
    What exactly do the vikings put in their trophy case? Pictures of the super Bowl trophy?

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    taintedsaints2009 says:

    August 14, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    Remmers, sandejo, Easton, and treadwell will likely get released next year and free up enough cap space to keep Barr and possibly even Richardson.

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    Why in the world would they get rid of Easton? Treadwell will be gone, and I think Remmers will depend on his health this year and how he does at guard. Zimmer likes Sandejo and played very well last year. With a 5m cap hit I would imagine they extend and restructure his deal, unless he has some massive year and is looking for cash.

    The players to watch are Richardson and Waynes. If either has a big year they may be too expensive. Zimmer said today he thinks Waynes can be elite. They also like Jalyn Holmes at DT, which might make Richardson expendable.

  10. Remmers, sandejo, Easton, and treadwell will likely get released next year and free up enough cap space to keep Barr and possibly even Richardson.

    ++++++

    Releasing Remmers after this season will incur $1.8M in dead money.
    Treadwell $2.5 million in dead money.

    To do as you propose would “save” $5.2 million at the cost of $4.3 in dead money. And open up a hole in your weakest unit. That doesn’t seem like a move a Magician would make.

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    riraider says:

    August 14, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    Viking fans running their mouth about teams that have actually won something?
    What exactly do the vikings put in their trophy case? Pictures of the super Bowl trophy?

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    Oh, I’m sorry..when was the last time your team won? You people act like Vikings fans should not be excited about a good team. You want us to just sit back and and not support our team until they win something, like Philly? No one in Philly cared about the Eagles until they won. And how many SBs does Philly have? 1? You mean that was their first one? So you’re telling me teams that have never won a SB can actually win one? Odd…

  12. 250dollarnflowner says:
    August 14, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    This team is stacked… Zimmer

    ++++++++

    Zimmer’s teams are like 1-12 in the playoffs. And yet in Vikingville he’s revered as some kind of incredible coach. Why?

  13. Cousins, Thielen, Diggs, Rudolph, Kendall Wright, Cook, Murray, Joseph, Griffen, Richardson, Hunter, Barr, Kendricks, Smith, Rhodes, Waynes, Hughes and Zimmer what does all these guys have in common. they all know how to choke !!!!!!!!

  14. Problem is that Zimmer is notoriously slow to bring players along. This is Barr’s 5th year and they’re just not talking about utilizing his skill set as a pass rusher, which he’s had all along. If he goes out and gets the sacks he should, assuming Zimmer actually lets him get after the QB a bit, his value will skyrocket. Should have gotten a deal done by now but should definitely do it before the season.

  15. “But, but, but…..you just guaranteed Cousins to a stupid amount of money….you won’t be able to extend anyone. Welcome to cap hell!”

    – Packers fans

  16. arealisticpackerfan says:

    August 14, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    Problem is that Zimmer is notoriously slow to bring players along. This is Barr’s 5th year and they’re just not talking about utilizing his skill set as a pass rusher, which he’s had all along.
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    Pro bowls the past three seasons, #1 def, and you claim Zim isn’t “utilizing” him correctly? Good grief.

  17. Barr has immense talent but has been known to coast a little bit. Kind of makes me think it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world if he was playing for a new contract this year rather than already having it. A highly motivated Barr could be dominant, which may put him out of the Vikings’ price range but would increase the chances of winning it all this year.

  18. riraider says:

    August 14, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    Viking fans running their mouth about teams that have actually won something?
    What exactly do the vikings put in their trophy case? Pictures of the super Bowl trophy?
    __________

    Packer and Raider fans are in here ripping Viking fans for acting like they have a good team? News flash: Your teams sucked last year. I believe the records were 7-9 and 6-10. At least the Packers have been good recently and they’re getting Rodgers back. The Raiders have had one winning season since 2002! And they lost in the wildcard round that year. And I don’t think the prospects look good for improvement this year. And, by the way, they’re leaving town. Again.

    But I won’t tell you to stop commenting because the right to comment is not determined by the success of the team you root for.

  19. Barr can be dominant. He’s also been injured a lot and has disappeared for months at a time. Definitely a player worth keeping, but it depends on the expense. I wouldn’t want to give him 15 million a season and not have any money left for anyone else for 3 years.

  20. Zimmer’s team is revered because he make the defense dominant and it took him one offseason for it to be apparent. The guy is an amazing coach that can take any defense and turn it into a top 10, 5, 3 team in the league. That is a tangible asset. QBs win Super Bowls, not coaches.

  21. 250dollarnflowner says:
    August 14, 2018 at 9:44 pm
    This team is stacked… Cousins, Thielen, Diggs, Rudolph, Kendall Wright, Cook, Murray, Joseph, Griffen, Richardson, Hunter, Barr, Kendricks, Smith, Rhodes, Waynes, Hughes and Zimmer
    _____________________

    So were the 98 and 09 version, of the Vikings….they haven’t played in the SB since before the 80s and both of those teams had multiple HOFers on them.

  22. LandOf10000MethLabs says:
    August 14, 2018 at 9:15 pm
    Translation: “I never want to win a Lombardi Trophy

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    Good one

  23. riraider says:
    August 14, 2018 at 10:01 pm
    Viking fans running their mouth about teams that have actually won something?
    What exactly do the vikings put in their trophy case? Pictures of the super Bowl trophy

    Good one

  24. It’s a shame he has to air his dirty laundry behind closed doors. That’s the sort of contractual whining that shows you the door. He should take Aaron’s lead and keep a lid on it. This…….from a recent Viking site;

    “Looking at Barr’s situation, he might be a vital cog to Minnesota’s defense, but it’s clear that he may not be the impact player that the Vikings would normally be sprinting to sign. Making the choice to vocally display his unhappiness with his contract could be a decision that could see him wearing a different jersey next year. But it could also be just one phone call away from a different resolution.” .

  25. It pains me to read of the hope and pride of these Vike fans. Four (4) super bowl appearances and four (4) losses. You would think someone would look beyond Barr and build a real team. Stacked? I don’t think so.

  26. packertruth says:

    August 14, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    250dollarnflowner says:
    August 14, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    This team is stacked… Zimmer

    ++++++++

    Zimmer’s teams are like 1-12 in the playoffs. And yet in Vikingville he’s revered as some kind of incredible coach. Why?

    ——

    Stupid comment. 1-12? lol. Zimmer has not had the Vikings appear in 12 playoff games when he has been head coach.

    Zimmer arguably has done more, with much little…than McCarthy has done in Green Bay.

    When Zimmer came in as coach:
    Last place aging defense, Christian Ponder was the QB, many years of losing seasons, no good WR’s or skill positions besides Adrian Peterson, and Kyle Rudolph.

    He constructed a defense that is in the top 5 every year. He has drafted skill positions like Diggs and Theilan. He has gotten decent QB play from whoever has been here.

    He has had a .500 or better record every year (except his first year) even with constant injuries to the offensive line, a different QB every year, AP being suspended one year, constant injuries to starters, dealing with health problems…now add death to his offensive line coach.

    Zimmer has dealt with more as a coach than most do in their entire careers.

    McCarthy walked in with Brett Favre, a system already in place, and Aaron Rodgers waiting on the bench. Besides the one Superbowl win, he hasn’t had an abundance of success. When things have gone wrong…McCarthy has not done well. I think he is a average coach that has gotten by because of Hall of Fame talent like Rodgers.

    Zimmer is a great coach as he continues to fight even thou negative things happen every year.

  27. taintedsaints2009 says:
    August 14, 2018 at 9:28 pm
    Remmers, sandejo, Easton, and treadwell will likely get released next year and free up enough cap space to keep Barr and possibly even Richardson.

    **

    Sandejo will absolutely not get released next year. He isn’t the best d-back (nor my favorite) but the drop off to the next talented safety after Sandejo is enormous. He also took a leap last year in improvement and was even calling the plays in the secondary. He’ll be around for a few more years.

  28. Of course he wants to stay with a World Class organization like the Vikings…it’s always a matter of if the Vikings want you. Play hard, work hard, make plays and Vikings reward you. If not, they find better options. Every player with any sense would kill to be on the Viking roster….

  29. hammerofcheddar says:
    August 15, 2018 at 7:46 am
    It pains me to read of the hope and pride of these Vike fans. Four (4) super bowl appearances and four (4) losses. You would think someone would look beyond Barr and build a real team. Stacked? I don’t think so.

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

    0-4 in Super Bowls, we got it captain obvious. BTW the current team didn’t play in those SB loses.

  30. If Barr is not signed to a long-term contract, he’ll be franchised after the season. He’s that good, and Zimmer isn’t going to tolerate letting him walk away.

    With the increase in salary cap, and either restructuring or releasing of less essential players, a long-term deal will get done, one way or another.

  31. ajzinnecker says:
    August 15, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Stupid comment. 1-12? lol. Zimmer has not had the Vikings appear in 12 playoff games when he has been head coach.

    Zimmer arguably has done more, with much little…than McCarthy has done in Green Bay.

    When Zimmer came in as coach:
    Last place aging defense, Christian Ponder was the QB, many years of losing seasons, no good WR’s or skill positions besides Adrian Peterson, and Kyle Rudolph.

    He constructed a defense that is in the top 5 every year. He has drafted skill positions like Diggs and Theilan. He has gotten decent QB play from whoever has been here.

    He has had a .500 or better record every year (except his first year) even with constant injuries to the offensive line, a different QB every year, AP being suspended one year, constant injuries to starters, dealing with health problems…now add death to his offensive line coach.

    Zimmer has dealt with more as a coach than most do in their entire careers.

    McCarthy walked in with Brett Favre, a system already in place, and Aaron Rodgers waiting on the bench. Besides the one Superbowl win, he hasn’t had an abundance of success. When things have gone wrong…McCarthy has not done well. I think he is a average coach that has gotten by because of Hall of Fame talent like Rodgers.

    Zimmer is a great coach as he continues to fight even thou negative things happen every year.

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    This has to be one of the dumbest posts I’ve ever read.
    Where does one even begin……

    Zimmer’s accomplished more than McCarthy? Really?
    Well, except for one Missed Tackle Miracle play, Zimmer still wouldn’t even have a postseason win.

    McCarthy walked in with Brett Favre as QB and a system already in place.
    McCarthy brought in his OWN system and created an offensive juggernaut that’s been envied and sought after throughout the league.
    Landing in the top 10, 9 out of 12 seasons.

    As for having a future Hall of Famer just siting on the bench in Aaron Rodgers, who do you think developed him into the passer he is today?
    It’s odd that you’d give Zimmer, a former DC, so much credit for making his QBs work, but not McCarthy.
    Barney logic, I guess.

    As for the way you kind of sidestep McCarthy winning a Super Bowl as an afterthought, it’s a feat no other Viking coach has ever been able to accomplish, and he did it in a season in which Green Bay IRed 16 players.
    Having to resort to backups, James Starks, Desmond Bishop Charlie Peprah, Frank Zombo and street free agent, Howard Green, to do much of the heavy lifting.
    In the game itself, the Packers lost defensive stalwart, Charles Woodson and offensive leader, Donald Driver and still prevailed.
    That’s right, as much as you obviously don’t realize it, the Vikings aren’t the only NFL team that has to deal with injuries.

    According to you, with the exception of that silly, little Super Bowl win, McCarthy hasn’t had an abundance of success?
    What defines success to you? Please, I’d really like to know.
    McCarthy has compiled a 121-70-1 (.633) regular season record, coupled with a 10-8 (.556) postseason mark.
    These marks are both better than Hall of Fame coach, Bud Grant.
    Unfortunately, this doesn’t impress you much.
    He also has taken his squads to the playoffs 9 out of 12 seasons.
    I know, what success? (Eye Roll)

    I realize you Barneys love your coach, but try and examine things realistically.
    Zimmer has accomplished next to nothing. Seriously.
    He certainly hasn’t accomplished anything near what McCarthy has.
    And even though some Packer fans feel he has held his team back, I, for one, am very happy to have him as our Head Coach.

  32. wafflestomp says:

    August 15, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    ————–
    This has to be one of the dumbest posts I’ve ever read.
    Where does one even begin……

    Zimmer’s accomplished more than McCarthy? Really?
    Well, except for one Missed Tackle Miracle play, Zimmer still wouldn’t even have a postseason win.

    McCarthy walked in with Brett Favre as QB and a system already in place.
    McCarthy brought in his OWN system and created an offensive juggernaut that’s been envied and sought after throughout the league.
    Landing in the top 10, 9 out of 12 seasons.

    As for having a future Hall of Famer just siting on the bench in Aaron Rodgers, who do you think developed him into the passer he is today?
    It’s odd that you’d give Zimmer, a former DC, so much credit for making his QBs work, but not McCarthy.
    Barney logic, I guess.

    As for the way you kind of sidestep McCarthy winning a Super Bowl as an afterthought, it’s a feat no other Viking coach has ever been able to accomplish, and he did it in a season in which Green Bay IRed 16 players.
    Having to resort to backups, James Starks, Desmond Bishop Charlie Peprah, Frank Zombo and street free agent, Howard Green, to do much of the heavy lifting.
    In the game itself, the Packers lost defensive stalwart, Charles Woodson and offensive leader, Donald Driver and still prevailed.
    That’s right, as much as you obviously don’t realize it, the Vikings aren’t the only NFL team that has to deal with injuries.

    According to you, with the exception of that silly, little Super Bowl win, McCarthy hasn’t had an abundance of success?
    What defines success to you? Please, I’d really like to know.
    McCarthy has compiled a 121-70-1 (.633) regular season record, coupled with a 10-8 (.556) postseason mark.
    These marks are both better than Hall of Fame coach, Bud Grant.
    Unfortunately, this doesn’t impress you much.
    He also has taken his squads to the playoffs 9 out of 12 seasons.
    I know, what success? (Eye Roll)

    I realize you Barneys love your coach, but try and examine things realistically.
    Zimmer has accomplished next to nothing. Seriously.
    He certainly hasn’t accomplished anything near what McCarthy has.
    And even though some Packer fans feel he has held his team back, I, for one, am very happy to have him as our Head Coach.

    —————–

    Ok, fair points. But let me ask you this? Has McCarthy had to have a different QB every year? No? Did it happen last year, how did it go? Has he had Hall of Fame QB play all year, all 16 games, except for two years? Yes….ok.

    Yes I realize other teams have injuries…..but to even compare switching out other players…to losing your starting QB…EVERY YEAR….it’s comparing apples to oranges. Normally losing your QB…sinks your year…but under Zimmer he has won games regardless.

    Maybe your right I shouldn’t take what McCarthy has done for granted…he has more wins. For sure. But would he under the same circumstances Zimmer has had to deal with? Would he even have a Super bowl without Aaron Rodgers? It’s kind of like when Favre came to MN. Childress was a awful coach…but they won games because of Favre.

    As far as Zimmer accomplishing nothing…He has been a coach for 4 – 5 years only. That isn’t long. You spoiled Green Bay fans have unrealistic expectations due to having two back to back hall of fame QB’s…you except a coach to start…and Win a Superbowl…year one…year two….etc. How did it work in the 70’s?

    The fact is Zimmer has come in, changed the culture, has won the division multiple times…the balance of power has changed in the Zimmer vs. McCarthy era. Might mean nothing to you guys and your spoiled expectations…but fact he has come in…and now Green Bay doesn’t sweep us every year. It is an accomplishment, and success is built on steps…….

    I will agree with you thou…I was probably out line down playing what McCarthy has done. I just didn’t agree with the previous GB fan saying Zimmer is not a good coach…like I said…he has done well….with terrible things happening EVERY YEAR….

  33. I’d like if Zimmer stuck to being a head coach and let Edwards run the D. He’s too close and it narrows his focus instead of being able to manage the game and spot negative trends. like the D being shredded in PHilly

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