Former Vikings Barr, Richardson find new homes in free agency

Vikings burn Jets again Anthony Barr situation brings back memories of Antoine Winfield

The Vikings, who had about $7 million of cap room when they agreed to a deal with Barr, need to come up with more money to re-sign him.

Barr's career trajectory, and that of the Minnesota defense, appeared to be skyrocketing in 2015, when Barr was the second-highest-graded player at his position (89.6), helped the Vikings reach the playoffs while generating 27 pressures, 41 stops, an interception and two pass breakups. Barr is considered one of the top linebackers in free agency. Had Barr not changed his mind, Wednesday's first day of the new league year would have been the first day he could have signed with the Jets.

The terms of the deal are not yet known.

The one big advantage the Vikings likely had in their negotiations is the fact that Barr is familiar with their defense.

Barr was the ninth overall pick in the 2014 draft by the Vikings.

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

In 13 games last season, Barr had 55 tackles and three sacks.

So far, it looks like defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson will indeed be departing the team.

The Jets were going to be doing some projecting with Barr's role anyway, because he spent five seasons in Minnesota mostly not rushing the passer.

A nagging hamstring injury limited Barr to 13 games in 2018, his fewest since his rookie season.

Free agency is always filled with a series of unforeseeable twist and turns.

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