$15.9 million fully guaranteed for Anthony Barr

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Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr was ready to leave, and then he decided to stay. He emerges from the situation with a five-year, $67.5 million deal.

Here’s the full breakdown of the contract:

1. Signing bonus: $13 million.

2. 2019 base salary: $2.9 million, fully guaranteed.

3. 2020 base salary: $10 million, guaranteed for injury at signing and fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2020 league year.

4. 2021 base salary: $12.3 million, $7.1 million of which is guaranteed for injury at signing and fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2021 league year.

5. 2022 base salary: $12.4 million.

6. 2023 base salary: $14.9 million.

7. 2021-2023 per-game roster bonuses: $31,250 per game, up to $500,000 per year.

The deal also includes up to $3 million in escalators based on sacks from 2020 through 2023.

All told, Barr will receive $15.9 million fully guaranteed at signing and total guarantees of $33 million. And the Vikings will keep one of these key defensive players in place, at least for the next few years.

52 responses to “$15.9 million fully guaranteed for Anthony Barr

  1. He’s a decent pass rusher, but he’s not great in coverage, but we all knew that he was a pass rusher coming out of college. That’s why this is kind of strange, considering the defense that the Vikings run. No way they keep him for the whole deal, of course (this IS the NFL after all), but even with the blitzes that they use him on, it still feels like a rich bargain to give a player who plays significant snaps out of position as a coverage linebacker.

    He’s not terrible, just misutilized. And I know the Vikings like to blitz him, but in all fairness, that’s what he should be doing all the time. And for a new deal like that, he should doing what he’s best at the majority of the time.

  2. “Funny thing is when Barr was headed to the Jets the purple fans said good riddance. Now he is staying they are all about the guy. Odd group.”
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    You all saying this have it wrong. Vikings fans like Barr, would like to keep Barr at a reasonable price tag and yes, sometimes we’re frustrated that he disappears sometimes. What Vikings fans virtually all said was….we didn’t want to keep him at a salary cap busting price tag. And if he was going to get ridiculous money from the Jets, then goodbye and good luck. But it seems the Vikings kept him at a cap friendly contract. That, we’re ok with. And that’s what you’re hearing.

  3. Seriously Hage, you dont actually believe theres any real difference between one fan base and another do you? Every one has some intelligent people and mostly idiots. For the record, I was super bummed to hear he was going and his signing was the most exciting one of the offseason for me. Only one I cared about, just didn’t think it would ever happen.

  4. Odd re-signing for a player who’s own fan base called inconsistent and often times non effective.
    You would think that sizable chunk of change would’ve been better spent on that leaky O-Line.
    But then again, In Spieldope We Trust!

  5. Hage, fans didn’t want Barr back at 17 million/year…he is more than welcomed back at a team friendly deal that only counts a little over 5 on this year’s salary cap. It’s the Vikings playing chess while other teams play checkers….

  6. lgw91s says:
    March 14, 2019 at 2:07 pm
    It almost reads like a one year prove it deal.
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    You don’t see a whole lot of 16 million dollar one year “prove it” deals.
    But who am I to argue with a magician like Brzezinski.

  7. Your delusional hagemeister….. Vikings fans just said that he was not worth insane dollars. He chose to take less to stay with them… odd, maybe but not disfunction like your comment.

  8. hagemeisterpark920 says:
    March 14, 2019 at 2:02 pm
    Funny thing is when Barr was headed to the Jets the purple fans said good riddance. Now he is staying they are all about the guy. Odd group.

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    I think every Viking fan was resigned to Barr going elsewhere months ago when he was the biggest name not to get a new deal. When that’s the case it’s only human nature to convince yourself losing him wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. I suppose if you’re unsure how good he is you could always look up any of the FA top 100 lists where he’ll be close to the top.

  9. Wafflestomp says:
    March 14, 2019 at 2:19 pm
    Odd re-signing for a player who’s own fan base called inconsistent and often times non effective.
    You would think that sizable chunk of change would’ve been better spent on that leaky O-Line.
    But then again, In Spieldope We Trust!
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    Whats odd is that you believe a GM is going to make his decisions based off the opinions of fans. I know most Packer “owners” have some delusions about their relationship with the Franchise but this is too much

  10. Thats a lot of money as far as overall money and years. I like Barr but i thought, when i heard the numbers, he was getting overpaid. But, then again, most FA’s are if they are any good. When you see the breakdown. it’s not as unreasonable as I thought. Nice to have him back but still doesn’t help the glaring OL issues.

  11. Cap hits of $5.6 million and $12.7 million in the first two years is pretty reasonable. Things get iffy in year 3 when it jumps to $15.5. He was at $12.6 last year so no raise.

    Also for some reason Zimmer seems to think that the whole defensive scheme will fall apart without Barr. And if they release/trade Griffen maybe they will use him as a pass rusher more.

  12. He should have gone to the Jets. Gang Green offered big money and their definitely a team on the rise (how strange is that to say?) Meanwhile Vikings are at best an 8 win team in 2019. After that, it gets worse.

    Barr really missed hitching his proverbial wagon to the right horse.

  13. I think I also speak for most Vikings fans in that we hoped we would have signed an impact Guard or Tackle versus keeping a nice, but ultimately more easily replaceable player on defense.

    We don’t hate this deal because it’s fairly cap friendly….but we’ll hold judgment after seeing how the draft shakes out.

    If the Vikings come out of the draft with 2 stud OL starters, then this signing will look much better in hindsight. If the draft falls poorly for the Vikes and the OL isn’t adequately addressed….this signing will be looked on far less favorably.

  14. I have to give credit when credit is due, you Viking fans called it correctly.

    Some team overpaid Anthony Barr, just like you all predicted in the “signs with Jets” thread.

  15. Dont like this deal in a league where linebackers are more devalued account rule changes. We are now stuck with him even after Spieldope and Zimmer get fired by years end.

  16. In a worst case scenario, if Barr suffers a career ending injury in 2019 the Vikes still owe him $30 million dollars.

    Vikings seem to have a high tolerance for injury risk. After Sterling Sharpe, Nick Collins, Sam Shields, Terrence Murphy, Jonathan Franklin I don’t forsee Green Bay taking the same path.

  17. Meanwhile Green Bay gave huge money to what should have been 2nd and 3rd wave free agents thinking they can turn around their pathetic defense with average players. Packers will be fourth in the North while Vikings are the force in the North…

  18. Since they only have about 2 million in cap space for their draftees who gets cut based on dead cap hits; Griffen, Joseph, Thielen or 9 to 10 of the one million guys, which will be replaced by rookie free agents at $500k. It will be a fun year watching that turnstile o-line with the RB getting hurt again and Cousins having about a second to pass. Actually probably don’t need Thielen. The Championship formula.

  19. Alan Light says:
    March 14, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    It’s the Vikings playing chess while other teams play checkers….
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    And some teams actually play football and compete for Lombardis.
    0-58 and the beat goes on.

  20. hagemeisterpark920 says:
    March 14, 2019 at 2:02 pm
    Funny thing is when Barr was headed to the Jets the purple fans said good riddance. Now he is staying they are all about the guy. Odd group.
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    Almost as funny as your screen name being a bar in downtown Green Bay. That’s what you puppets said about Cobb last year when you all thought he was gone instead of Jordy Nelson. It’s what you all said this off season when you thought they were going to release Jimmy Graham, how did that work out for you?

  21. Brezinsky does it a good, some teams have good capologists. Ours makes gold records.

    I tell ya what, these Minnesota Vikings. They love playing for their coach, they love playing in their stadium, and they love playing in front of these fans in Minnesota.

  22. Alan Light says:
    …It’s the Vikings playing chess while other teams play checkers….
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    Delusional – characterized by or holding beliefs or impressions that are contradicted by reality or rational argument, typically as a symptom of mental disorder.

    Sort of like thinking the Vikings are so much smarter than other teams even though they’ve never won a Superbowl.

  23. That money could have been used to sign 4 mediocre free agents that would cause fans to start talking Super Bowl in these comments. Oh, wait, thats another cheese eating fan base.

  24. ARod(in his collarbone) says:

    Almost as funny as your screen name being a bar in downtown Green Bay. That’s what you puppets said…
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    Hagemeister Park is actually the name of the Green Bay Packers first playing field back in 1919.

  25. Frazier28/7 says:
    March 14, 2019 at 3:21 pm
    Brezinsky does it a good, some teams have good capologists. Ours makes gold records.
    I tell ya what, these Minnesota Vikings. They love playing for their coach, they love playing in their stadium, and they love playing in front of these fans in Minnesota.
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    Yeah, they really love playing for their coach. That’s why the DB’s igmored their coach’s plans in a game against Green Bay in 2016. That’s why they underachieved in ’16, blew it in the playoffs in ’17, and didn’t even make the playoffs in ’18, putting on a horribly lackluster performance in the final game to make the playoffs.

    While it’s a great place to live, Minnesota fans as a whole like to sit on their hands at games. Not the most rabid fans or the most knowledgeable. I’m sure the Vikings’ love playing in their stadium, because it’s freezing out there in the actual elements.

  26. Alan Light says:
    March 14, 2019 at 3:01 pm
    …while Vikings are the force in the North…

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    Maybe fighting for last place with the Packers. Sorry, the Vikings trajectory is heading downwards, while the Bears ARE the force in the North, and the Lions are heading upwards!

  27. packertruth says:
    March 14, 2019 at 2:46 pm
    I have to give credit when credit is due, you Viking fans called it correctly.

    Some team overpaid Anthony Barr, just like you all predicted in the “signs with Jets” thread.
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    The Vikings resign Anthony “Bone Crusher” Barr for $13 million a year. Perennial Pro Bowler with game changing talent.

    The Packers sign a Redskins defensive cast off called Preston Smith that nobody has heard of for $13 million a year.

    That’s the difference between good teams and losers playing catch-up.

  28. The NFC North signed FA LB’s #’s 3, 4 and 5. It’s interesting to see how the numbers worked out for those three.

    The Packers signed LB’s #3 and #4 – the “Smith” sisters…

    #3 Preston got 4 years and $52 mil with a $16 mil SB.

    #4 Zadarius got 4 years and $66 mil with a $20 mil SB.

    #5 Barr got 5 years and $67.5 mil with a $13 mil SB.

    The Packers really backloaded those contracts and will have much higher cap hits after year 1. Year 2 for Preston is $13.5 mil, for Zadarius it’s $17.25 and Barr comes in at $12.7. Year 3, it’s $16 mil, $20.75 mil and $15.5 mil. Year 4, it’s $16.5 mil, $20.75 mil and $15.6 mil.

    It appears that even the Packers didn’t place much value on Preston even though he was supposedly the #3 LB. $14 mil less over the same term as Zadarius and $4 mil less up front.

    Interesting that the biggest contract goes to the player that has only started an average of 4 games per season in his NFL career…

  29. Liberalsruineverything says:
    March 10, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Careful Detroit. He is a good player that could be great. He shows you glimpses of how great he could be then disappears at times. Just can’t pay him like a top guy.

    Liberalsruineverything says:
    March 14, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    The Vikings resign Anthony “Bone Crusher” Barr for $13 million a year. Perennial Pro Bowler with game changing talent.

    ++++

    According to spotrac Barr is currently slated to be the 9th highest paid LB in 2019. At least he knows where his locker is!

  30. packertruth says:
    March 14, 2019 at 7:19 pm
    Liberalsruineverything says:
    March 10, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Careful Detroit. He is a good player that could be great. He shows you glimpses of how great he could be then disappears at times. Just can’t pay him like a top guy.

    Liberalsruineverything says:
    March 14, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    The Vikings resign Anthony “Bone Crusher” Barr for $13 million a year. Perennial Pro Bowler with game changing talent.

    ++++

    According to spotrac Barr is currently slated to be the 9th highest paid LB in 2019. At least he knows where his locker is!
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    Considering Barr wanted to be paid like Von Miller or Khalil Mack I don’t see your point. But Congratulations to the Packers for overpaying two wannabe pass rushers. Both inside the top 9 in salary.

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