Anthony Barr took pay cut so injury wasn’t his last memory of Minnesota

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Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr‘s 2020 season ended after only 94 defensive snaps. He tore his right pectoral muscle while tackling Colts running back Jonathan Taylor in Week 2.

That would have served as his final play as a Viking after seven seasons and four Pro Bowls if Barr hadn’t agreed to a pay cut.

“I kind of didn’t want to go out like that,” Barr told reporters Wednesday in his first interview since before the injury, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “I didn’t want my last game being the one in which I got hurt and then missing an entire year. I didn’t want that to be my last memory as a Minnesota Viking, so that played a big factor in returning and taking the pay cut to be back.”

Barr, 29, agreed to have his $12.9 million salary reduced to $10 million for this season, per Tomasson, but the final two years of Barr’s contract were voided. That means he is scheduled to become a free agent in 2022.

“[The injury] would be a pretty sour note to end on, and with all the great memories I have, I think that one would be the most lasting,” Barr said. “So, I tried to put that in the back seat and move forward and look forward to a healthier and productive season.”

8 responses to “Anthony Barr took pay cut so injury wasn’t his last memory of Minnesota

  1. I think he might also have taken the pay cut at least a little bit so that he could play, start and re-prove himself to be worth at least $10M for a few more years…..happens a lot in pro sports, i believe…

  2. And Rick stopped at $10M? How many other GMs would pay Barr that kind of cash? You can count em on zero fingers. I love what’s happening in Minnysota.

  3. cribbage12 says:
    May 27, 2021 at 12:30 am
    And Rick stopped at $10M? How many other GMs would pay Barr that kind of cash? You can count em on zero fingers. I love what’s happening in Minnysota.

    Actually Barr was free agent in 2020, and jets were 1 of the team wanted him… so for the jets. It’s either Barr or Mosley. We got Mosley but so far both been disappointing in 2021. So now you know that Barr got most money, thanks to jets in bidding war.

  4. His contract is laden with incentives around sacks. After Hunter, the Vikes are unsettled at defensive end. I wonder if this means more blitzing from him. He was a terror in college. But without hitting the sack numbers he isn’t going to hit the salary we keep reading about.

  5. He hasn’t been used that great in purple, could have had a much better career in the right system blitzing much more often. Please don’t make us watch him in coverage EVER AGAIN. Cough, rams game..

  6. He definitely made a mistake taking that paycut. He’s going to lose a lot of money is this season isn’t a huge season for him. He’s pretty good in coverage as long as he’s not expected to cover a speedy slot wide receiver or all pro running back that no linebacker can cover. He covers tight ends and most running backs extremely well . When he’s on the field, the defense works a lot better than when he’s off the field.

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