Barr's fifth-year option was exercised by Minnesota on Monday, Tom Pelissero of USA Today Sports reports.
Barr has been a consistent player for the Vikings since being drafted ninth overall by the team in 2014, though he hasn't been great. His fifth-year option is worth around $12.3 million and will keep him under contract through 2018. Minnesota will be hoping to see improvement from Barr after a 2.0 sack season in 2016.
Barr had six total tackles in Sunday's win over Chicago. He finished the season with 70 tackles, two sacks and no interceptions.
Barr was able to play all 16 games after missing six games combined the past two years, but otherwise had a disappointing year. He graded poorly in most metrics and created few of the big plays he was known for his first two seasons. Head coach Mike Zimmer even said that Barr was "coasting" two weeks ago. Whatever the reason for Barr's subpar year, getting him back on track as a disruptive force should be a focus for the Vikings defense next season.
It was just his second sack of the season, as Thursday was perhaps the first game all season where Barr looked like the disruptive force he was the previous two years. His tackle totals are also down significantly in the current campaign, having dropped to 2.6 per game from last season's 3.9 figure.
Barr had five total tackles and recovered a fumble in Sunday's loss to Philadelphia.
Despite Minnesota's strong play as a defensive unit, Barr has been off to a slow start as he hasn't been the disruptive force he's been the past two years. He has just one sack, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery in six games.
Barr has just one sack this year, but was active Monday as he tipped a key pass while on a blitz late in the game. He should eventually produce more big plays. The bigger concern is his drop in tackles to 3.5 per game this season from 4.9 per game last year.
|P1||8/10/17||@ BUF||7:00 pm|
|P2||8/18/17||@ SEA||10:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|5||10/9/17||@ CHI||8:30 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ CLE||9:30 am|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/12/17||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|12||11/23/17||@ DET||12:30 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/17||@ GB||8:30 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|