LB Anthony Barr backs out on Jets deal, will stay with Vikings

LB Anthony Barr backs out on Jets deal, will stay with Vikings

LB Anthony Barr backs out on Jets deal, will stay with Vikings

Barr agreed to sign with the Jets on Monday, but he changed his mind Tuesday and will return to the Vikings, after the Jets were set to give him about $14 million to $15 million annually.

Barr, who reportedly had a verbal agreement Monday on a deal with the Jets, reversed course on Tuesday, agreeing to a five-year, $67.5 million deal to stay with the Vikings. They'd fortified their front with Kelechi Osemele, added a weapon for Sam Darnold in Jamison Crowder, and agreed to terms with a pair of dynamic defensive stars in Anthony Barr and C.J. Mosley.

With incentives, the deal could reach $77.5 million for Barr.

Barr will instead remain with the Vikings.

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

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

The UCLA product was thought to be more of a pass rusher coming out of college, but played exclusively at linebacker in his five seasons with the Vikings.

At the last second, the Vikings sent a private jet out to court Winfield and at the eleventh hour, he would change course and sign a six-year, $34.8 million contract with Minnesota. 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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