Report: Lions considered the favorites to land Anthony Barr

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The black-and-blue division could get a little more Honolulu blue this week.

With Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr due to hit the open market, the Lions are considered to be the favorite to sign him, according to Connor Hughes of TheAthletic.com.

Barr, a top-10 pick in 2014, has completed his rookie deal and the fifth-year option. The Vikings have not yet re-signed him, and they opted to apply neither the franchise tag nor the transition tag to keep Barr in place. He is one of the only core Vikings players who has not received a long-term financial reward.

Per Hughes, the Jets and Vikings also have interest in signing Barr, who should find out when the legal tampering window opens whether the Minnesota offer compares favorably to offers from new teams.

Although Barr has been a solid performer for the Vikings, they took him at a time when players like Aaron Donald, Odell Beckham, Taylor Lewan, and Zack Martin were still on the board.

32 responses to “Report: Lions considered the favorites to land Anthony Barr

  1. I mean makes perfect sense. He fits the Van Noy role Patricia had in New England but Barr is even better. Great against the run and and can give you passably coverage skills. Would be a good add for Detroit

  2. Good player, but not worth more than $10.5M/yr. Actually thought he’d be a better fit for the Pack.

  3. If Detroit plans to use his solely as a pass rusher than it could work. The Vikings wasn’t using him properly as a off ball linebacker, when he was known as a edge rusher coming out of college.

  4. Detroit were considering him originally in the draft but the bozos left over from the Millen Plague took Ebron in his stead;

    and that worked out so well;

  5. dreemeagle says:
    March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm
    Detroit were considering him originally in the draft but the bozos left over from the Millen Plague took Ebron in his stead;

    and that worked out so well;
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    Hey Mr Dumas, or is it Einstein, MN selected Barr 1 pick BEFORE Det chose Ebron. For both it was the wrong move vs selecting Donald, but I digress. Clearly being you hasn’t worked out so well….

  6. Barr should be in a 3-4 system. Not sure why he’d sign here. Unless of course we give him top dollar. Mistake would be a mistake.

  7. Hey Mr Dumas, or is it Einstein, MN selected Barr 1 pick BEFORE Det chose Ebron. For both it was the wrong move vs selecting Donald, but I digress. Clearly being you hasn’t worked out so well….

    well, if it isn’t alphabet calling the chicken noodle soup;

    the Lions were considering trading up to get Barr, then figured he would fall to them;

    they considered Donald second round material due to his size;

    remember, they had a jumbo defensive tackle pair then, Nick and Sue, considered one of the top duos in the league, and so poo-poohed Donald;

    that’s how screwed up their management was;

  8. Tashan Harrison says:
    March 10, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    If Detroit plans to use his solely as a pass rusher than it could work. The Vikings wasn’t using him properly as a off ball linebacker, when he was known as a edge rusher coming out of college.
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    Amazing how he continued to make Pro Bowls while the Vikings weren’t using him properly.

  9. Wafflestomp says:
    March 10, 2019 at 7:44 pm
    kevines255 says:
    March 10, 2019 at 6:50 pm
    Aaron Rodgers will be thrilled.
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    Why, I t certainly didn’t bother him last year.
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    Correct, it was the year before where Rodgers was caught telling lies about Barr on a national talk show where he looked foolish. Not last year.

  10. Frazier28/7 says:

    I dont know why anyone would actually want to leave Minnesota for Detroit, but whatever.

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    Maybe he knows he won’t win a Lombardi Trophy in Minnesota.

  11. purpleguy says:
    Good player, but not worth more than $10.5M/yr. Actually thought he’d be a better fit for the Pack.
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    Ya know,…. he probably would as an ILB,…. but I don't think Aaron wants him on his team.

  12. Buyer beware… Good player, but not great. Asking price to high…Plays when he wants to. You have to scheme the D for his splash plays. If he has to take on one blocker, he’s out of the play. Average pass defender. Good Luck though.

  13. Great talent, glad to have him, but…

    Imagine a top talent running back in a Lions uniform.

    Typical Lions… fixing things, except the most broken.

    Let’s hope that changes in Free Agency… Oh wait… we’ve been waiting on that for decades.

  14. Barr was a freak at UCLA and he seems to have done okay in the NFL. I wanted the Lions to draft him but the Vikings beat them to it so maybe I get to see the experiment play out now.

    Lions are desperate for a pass rush. Make this happen. That or come play for the Rams and become Wade’s next great DE.

  15. Barr would be a great pick up for any team. The Vikings just don’t have the money for him now.

  16. Seems like a solid player and I would like his familiarity with the division, but I’m not sure this defense would be a perfect fit for him. I’m also afraid we’re going to end up overpaying for him. Wait and see I guess.

  17. polegojim says:
    March 10, 2019 at 11:19 pm
    Great talent, glad to have him, but…

    Imagine a top talent running back in a Lions uniform.

    Typical Lions… fixing things, except the most broken.

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    I don’t know about you, but I’m quite optimistic about Kerryon being a top talent running back! They need a solid backup, but don’t need to break the bank for him either.

  18. I really don’t understand why resigning him hasn’t been a priority. To me he’s always looked like a top linebacker. And what sucks is in a time when we desperately need to be drafting the best O-lineman, if we don’t replace Barr in free agency there goes another friggin first rounder to defense. Yeah of course you have a great D every year Zim, you only draft defense in the first round! We need to make our offense work! Build that line dangit!

  19. Correct, it was the year before where Rodgers was caught telling lies about Barr on a national talk show where he looked foolish.
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    You really do live in your own little world don’t you? Nobody caught Rodgers doing anything and I’ll take AR’s word over AB’s any day.

  20. all Kerryon lacks is top end speed—but then, Barry didn’t have that, either;

    of course, it is rather difficult to chase someone with both your ankles broke;

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