Free Agency Turns Hot: The Vikings Are Here To Win

Free Agency Turns Hot: The Vikings Are Here To Win

Details of the contract agreed upon between the Vikings and Barr were shared on Twitter by NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

A day after it appeared they would lose Anthony Barr to the New York Jets, the Vikings closed out the 2018 league year by making Barr the final piece of their multiyear effort to keep their defense together.

The blitzing linebacker was the Jets' first coup of free agency and was followed Tuesday morning by reports they had signed C.J. Mosley to a five-year, $85 million deal.

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The deal is reportedly worth $39 million and includes $21.5 million in guarantees.

The Jets had big plans for Barr, as they tried to turn him into the high-sacks edge rusher that he wasn't in Minnesota. The Vikings declined to franchise tag Barr by the deadline last week.

Barr, 26, was the first draft pick of coach Mike Zimmer's tenure, taken ninth overall in 2014. Minnesota has already moved on from safety Andrew Sendejo and then lost defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson to free agency, with the Cleveland Browns signed him to a three-year, $36 million deal. He's missed nine games over his five-year career, with four of those absences coming in his rookie season. Teams also are allowed to back of any trade before that deadline; however, we hadn't seen that happen yet this year until news broke about Barr's decision.

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