The Vikings and Barr agreed to terms of a five-year contract Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Barr was among the Jets' free-agent splashes on the first day of the NFL's legal tampering period, but perhaps the Vikings got wind of the terms of his contract and decided something in that range could fit under the salary cap. Considering the reported terms -- $67.5 million, with $33 million in guarantees and the potential to max out at $77.5 million with incentives -- it's unclear how the Vikings plan to free up enough cash with just $9.3 million in available cap space, per overthecap.com. In any case, Barr will keep his role as an off-ball linebacker in the Vikings defense, which has equated to 4.7 tackles per game in five campaigns to date.
The Jets are in line to sign Barr to a contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. During his five-year run with the Vikings, Barr was an off-ball linebacker, posting modest tackle (4.7 per game) and scant sack (13.5 in 71 contests) numbers. In the move to New York, he seemingly will be put into a position to rush the passer more in the scheme of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Whether or not that translates to more relevance as an IDP remains to be seen, but Barr is among the first building blocks of a revamped linebacker corps.
Barr recorded a team-high seven tackles (five solo) and two sacks in Sunday's 41-17 win over the Dolphins. Barr followed up with his first sack of the season in Week 14 with two more against the Dolphins, as the Vikings sacked Ryan Tannehill a whopping nine times. Barr will look to continue his sack streak against the Lions on Sunday.
Barr had seven tackles (five solo) and a sack in Monday's 21-7 loss against the Seahawks. The seven tackles tied a season high for Barr as he is on pace for a career-low tackle mark. The 26-year-old has 43 tackles (31 solo) and a forced fumble in 10 games, making him unworthy of serious consideration as a consistent IDP option.
Barr (hamstring) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. The full session clears the way for Barr to return from a three-game absence to suit up for a key showdown with the division rival Packers on Sunday. Barr played a season-high 86 snaps in the Vikings' Week 2 tie with Green Bay, tallying five tackles in that contest. The linebacker is still looking for his first sack of the season after failing to take down the quarterback through the first seven weeks.
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