Anthony Barr reportedly will sign with the Jets

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The guy who broke Aaron Rodgers‘ collarbone is busting out of the NFC North.

Per multiple reports, linebacker Anthony Barr will sign with the Jets when free agency opens.

Barr, the ninth overall pick in the 2014 draft, spent five years with Minnesota. He’s one of the rare quality players who grew up in the Vikings’ system but didn’t get financially rewarded by them.

He has 13.5 career sacks, one interception, and seven forced fumbles. Last year against the Rams, Barr was victimized on multiple occasions for passing touchdowns when the Rams spotted mismatches in the Minnesota defense.

79 responses to “Anthony Barr reportedly will sign with the Jets

  1. Are we far enough past the start of the legal tampering period to think that any of these deals we see getting announced might (might) have gotten done without any illegal tampering?

  2. Love it could be a real pass rushing threat when used correctly which is what jets will do with him. Great move jets keep going tho. Can’t sleep with all these moves happening

  3. Poor guy. I can understand him wanting to get out of Minny so he could enjoy some playoff success but unfortunately for him, he went to one of the worst possible places for that to happen. Well, at least he’ll get paid and have the privilege of being on the field twice a year with the GOAT.

  4. Liked Barr but he was very inconsistent. When he was motivated he was excellent. But definitely not worth big money because he’s not a talented pass rusher. Unless he has a straight shot on a blitz he’s not getting to the QB. Tough to pay big money for his skill set.

  5. He will probably be a better fit for the Jets than he was with the Vikings. Definitely a great player when he’s interested, disappears for stretches.

  6. He wasn’t rewarded by the Vikings because even his coach said he was “coasting” and not putting real effort into his game. Makes sense to me.

  7. It was reported a couple days ago that the #Lions were the favorites to sign Barr. Lol. People just run with any kind of flimsy information during free agency. It’s hilarious!!

  8. It will be interesting if the Jets put him on the edge and just let him go as he plays his best when he is coming downhill. Could have a huge impact in that Gregg Williams defense.

  9. Watched him so many times at home games.often you wouldn’t even know he was playing. Then a few times his name was called many times. Not real convinced this is a huge loss, but best of luck Anthony.

  10. I love Anthony Barr but it’s hard to pay him pass rusher money when he’s only had 13.5 sacks in 5 seasons.

  11. Vikes blew it, this is just the beginning of results of Vikings boneheaded mortgaged future by Kurt Cousins signing
    So long Speilman

  12. Good! Glad he is going to the afc. Wished he was a Viking but realize it is a business. Best of luck to him!

  13. MN fan here. Let me tell you. When he’s in the right formation, he’s a wickedly-aggressive playmaker, and an upgrade to any defense in the NFL. Just ask Erin Rodgers about his pinky-bone incident. Prepare for takeoff Jets fans, it’s time for no holds Barred.

  14. Agent grabs abacus: 13.5 career sacks over 5 years = 2.7 sacks per year.

    “The Jets will pay $15 million a year for that!”

  15. I like the sound of Barr, Williamson, Williams, and Williams from Alabama blowing up the middle of the field. You send Adams off the edge on blitzes and that’s a pass rush. This is a move to capitalize on Adams skill set. Leonard Williams will finally be free of the double teams. Oh boy , this is GREAT. -Flounder reference.

  16. Oh yeah,
    there’s that other thing too.
    27 large guaranteed to Cousins for less production than Keenum
    the year before at 15 mill less per year.
    Hmmn…

  17. When told that the Vikings were willing to match the deal, Barr responded with “I know. I just decided I’d rather play for a professional football team this time.”

  18. This is good for the Browns. We want CJ Mosley bad and the Jets were in the way. Now we only have to worry about the Colts and they don’t overpay anyone.
    John Dorsey and Chris Ballard are friends from their days in KC. Don’t know how that’s going to play out.

  19. Seemed to regress in coverage somewhat. Got absolutely exposed in the Rams game last year. We kept hearing Zim was going to turn Barr loose on the passer but it never happened. Usually hurt for part of the year, but that’s the case for all the Vikes LBs.

    Sure does look the part, but I honestly can’t remember his play being the difference in a game. Except for him snapping Erin’s chicken wing. He wore the dot and was Zimmer’s guy. Bye-bye Barr!

  20. As much as I would have loved to see the Vikings keep him, if this is the kind of money he wanted I’m glad they let him walk. He’s good, but not $15 million good. He can be replaced for much less. And for those blaming the Cousins deal for this, just stop. They were talking about if they would be resigning Barr since before Cousins was even here. They knew then they would never be able to pay (or maybe I should say “want” to pay) him this kind of money.

  21. Barr is a good player. Not great.. sometimes loses focus. But very talented. Good luck in NY AB!

  22. Huge Underachiever!!! Waste of Space Too! Has a Lawrence Taylor Body but his head was never in the game! Eric Kendricks is Way Better, Faster and a better Hustler than Barr. Looks more like Roseanne Barr if you ask me! He gets “Burnt More Than Toast!!!” Also the Vikings used him Incorrectly! He Should have been used like Chris Doleman as a Pass Rusher! He Sucked VS. The Eagles Too….. UNSATISFIED!!!

  23. Barr, as Mike Zimmer once said, “has a tendency to coast.” He had his moments in Minnesota but there was a reason they didn’t pay him the big money like the rest of his teammates got.

  24. It’s very telling that the #1 thing Barr is noted for is breaking Aaron Rodgers’ collarbone.

  25. Good riddance! For what he wants to get paid, he should make the kind of difference Kalil Mack makes. He disappears too much and the Vikings know this. Otherwise, he would have been resigned.

  26. Great signing for the Jets don’t listen to salty packer fans. Barr is big and fast and will probably be used differently under Williams.

  27. Sorry Jets fans. You’re getting a guy that shows up late to every play and plays past the whistle in an effort to contribute in whatever manner he can. Ever since the NFL created The Barr Rule, named after him, he’s been non-existent. And against the pass? Good Lord, don’t get me started. That’s why the Vikings don’t want him (but I’m surprised they figured it out.) This is one guy that will fade into obscurity. Don’t forget…….he came up through the Vikings’ “system,” a system that has a McMansion full of “everybody-gets-one” attaboy participation banners…….since 1961. That’s some system. I hope you didn’t pay too much.

  28. Good luck with that NYJ. Not even close to worth that money. And no. You did not get a pass rusher. You did get a few 15 yarders though.

  29. I don’t know what the Jets are paying, but I knew the Vikings would be outbid no matter what. Barr is tricky. He will show flashes of brilliance, and then disappear for a while. I wish him well, but he simply wasn’t worth the money to keep. Let us not forget, every single player is a hired gun. They will take what they can get while they can get it. And so would you.

  30. 2014 Viking draft:

    Anthony Barr #8 overall. Gone.
    Teddy Bridgewater #32 overall. Gone.
    Scott Crighton – Bust.
    Jerrick McKinnon – Gone.

    Rick Spielman is a Mortician.

  31. filthymcnasty3 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 9:59 am
    2014 Viking draft:

    Anthony Barr #8 overall. Gone.
    Teddy Bridgewater #32 overall. Gone.
    Scott Crighton – Bust.
    Jerrick McKinnon – Gone.

    Rick Spielman is a Mortician.
    //////////
    Teddy: hurt
    Crighton: Hurt (plus, this was a really dumb example)
    McKinnon: Hurt
    Barr: Played 5 years

    That’s seriously the examples you’re going with?

  32. stellarperformance says:
    March 12, 2019 at 7:54 am
    Sorry Jets fans. You’re getting a guy that shows up late to every play and plays past the whistle in an effort to contribute in whatever manner he can. This is one guy that will fade into obscurity. Don’t forget…….he came up through the Vikings’ “system,”
    /////////
    Last four years:
    Barr: 268 tackles, 9.5 sacks
    Matthews: 176 tackles, 22 sacks

    They don’t exactly play the same game, as Matthews was supposed to be a pass rush specialist. But the real kicker here is the salary.

    Bar: $25 mil over last 5 years
    Matthews: $64 mil over last 5 years

    When a Packer fan makes fun of the Vikings for not being able to move on quickly enough, or a teams “system”, you really do have to take their comments with a grain of salt.

  33. Last four years:
    Barr: 268 tackles, 9.5 sacks
    Matthews: 176 tackles, 22 sacks

    You should have put Clay 1st 4 years when he had 42 sacks and more importantly a Super Bowl win. He also made 13,500,000 during the first five years. Second contracts normally are for more money which I am sure you will notice with Anthony Barr who made half that 25 mil last year alone.

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