Vikings still talking to Patrick Peterson, unlikely to re-sign Anthony Barr

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Two veterans of the Vikings’ defense remain unsigned free agents, but only one appears to have much of a chance of remaining in Minnesota.

Vikings General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah expressed cautious optimism about the possibility of bringing back cornerback Patrick Peterson, but said linebacker Anthony Barr will be tough to bring back.

He texted me the other day,” Adofo-Mensah said of Peterson, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “Pat Pete’s a great person, a great player in this league for a long time. … You want to make sure you respect a player of his caliber, his expertise in this league, but also the reality of the situation we’re in from a salary-cap standpoint. Again, those conversations are ongoing, and we’re trying to work through those problems.”

Adofo-Mensah sounded less interested in bringing Barr back.

“I had a conversation with him the other day,” Adofo-Mensah said of Barr. “That’s going to be a tougher situation to navigate. Never say never. Obviously, there are things salary-cap related with acceleration and things like that that made that kind of a challenging deal.”

Peterson is No. 85 and Barr is No. 93 on our list of the Top 100 free agents.

16 responses to “Vikings still talking to Patrick Peterson, unlikely to re-sign Anthony Barr

  1. 85 and 93, old and past their primes but priority signings. The Vikings are lucky Cleveland is the NFL.

  2. Would like to see Barr back and use him like they used Doleman. Feel Zimmer wasted Barr’s talent. Bring Peterson back to help the secondary but don’t over pay.

  3. That’s just the way it is now. When some guys get paid in their prime (Za’darius), other guys need to take pay cuts or move on. Nothing personal. They’re all hired guns from other places.

  4. Barr has always shown flashes, but he’s just been to expensive. He’ll be gone unless he signs a very team friendly deal. Peterson didn’t get embarrassed last year, but was largely untested.

  5. Love to bring Barr back and put him in an actual pass rush role. I think the front seven could be:

    Barr- Kendricks- Hicks- Smith
    Tomlinson- Phillips- Hunter

    That is alot of pass rush.

  6. No need for Barr. Front 7 is locked

    Smith-Kendricks-Hicks-Hunter
    Tomlinson-Phillips-Watts/Lynch

    Might draft Jordan Davis too if we sign a corner.

  7. That is alot of pass rush.
    +++++
    Phillips has 1.5 career sacks in 4 seasons. Hicks has 10.5 career sacks in 7. Kendricks 14 in 7. Barr 17.5 in 8. Tomlinson 10.5 in 5.

    That’s 54 total sacks in 31 player-seasons of football. Not alot of pash rush there.

  8. I have to wonder what players think when a GM wrings his hands and says “Love to have you back. Great player. Wonderful human. But the cap, the cap, that damnable cap. What can I do?” ~immediately after that GM went out and spent big on a FA from another team.

    In this case it would be Peterson getting the song and dance while Z Smith gets paid but I’m sure there are examples on nearly every team, nearly every year.

    Of course, these two play different positions but that just makes it stand out even more in this case. The Vikings pass rush isn’t horrible. Especially if Hunter is healthy.

  9. singularitynow says:
    March 24, 2022 at 9:43 am
    Love to bring Barr back and put him in an actual pass rush role. I think the front seven could be:

    Barr- Kendricks- Hicks- Smith
    Tomlinson- Phillips- Hunter

    That is alot of pass rush.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Z can also play inside on the D line, opening up all kinds of possibilities for stunts and twists and whatever else they call the trickeration stuff.

  10. How are the Vikings in cap hell? Who’s good enough to command premium compensation for their position? Or is this just the Vikes being the Vikes?

  11. I guessing they’ll let Barr go and re-sign him to a journeyman-friendly deal. He owes the Vikings. They took him back.

  12. Phillips has 1.5 career sacks in 4 seasons. Hicks has 10.5 career sacks in 7. Kendricks 14 in 7. Barr 17.5 in 8. Tomlinson 10.5 in 5.

    That’s 54 total sacks in 31 player-seasons of football. Not alot of pash rush there.

    —More to a team pass rush than just the sacks.

  13. Find room in the cap somehow to sign Pat Pete to a team friendly deal, sign Tretter, and say goodbye to Barr.

  14. Personsally think Barr has been misused his whole nfl career, he’s an edge guy that needs to get at the qb.. He’s got the veracity and is exposed trying to cover..

  15. stellarperformance says:
    March 24, 2022 at 11:53 am
    I guessing they’ll let Barr go and re-sign him to a journeyman-friendly deal. He owes the Vikings. They took him back.
    ————
    Kinda Like you owe your “California Cool” idol an apology after trashing him for a year. Remember all the tears you shed after Barr’s legal hit – hate to see you two on bad terms.

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