Anthony Barr pulls about-face on Jets, will return to Vikings

Anthony Barr pulls about-face on Jets, will return to Vikings

Barr had a change of heart overnight and has chose to re-sign with the Vikings, CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora confirms.

Earlier on Tuesday, linebacker Anthony Barr had second thoughts on signing with the Jets and made a decision to return to the Vikings.

National Football League sources said Monday the 26-year-old would sign with the Jets when free agency opens Wednesday after the Vikings could not or would not meet his reported price of $14 to $15 million.

Barr tallied 55 tackles, three sacks and four quarterback hits in 13 games in 2018.

The Vikings opted not to place the franchise tag on Barr.

On Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter said the Jets are in line to sign Barr to a contract.

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Pro Football Focus ranked Barr as their third highest rated free agent linebacker after Jordan Hicks and C.J. Mosley.

The deal with the Vikings is reportedly worth $13.5 million per season.

The terms of the deal are not yet known. He's missed nine games over his five-year career, with four of those absences coming in his rookie season.

Barr, 26, was the first draft pick of coach Mike Zimmer's tenure, taken ninth overall in 2014.

Barr's made it known that he would like to be more of a pass-rusher, and it looks like the Jets' deficiencies on the edge will give him every conceivable chance to rush the passer on a regular basis.

But Barr staying in Minnesota isn't the end of the world for the Jets.

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