Barr changes mind, spurns Jets

Anthony Barr

After telling the New York Jets he meant to sign with them, linebacker Anthony Barr got cold feet, changed his mind and informed the Vikings that he will be returning to Minnesota, a source confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday. The contract includes $33 million in guaranteed money, according to an National Football League source.

Barr's new deal with the Vikings will be for five years, and $67.5 million, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports. He played in 13 games in 2018 and recorded 55 tackles, three sacks, and a forced fumble. Here are some of the best Tweets following the news of Barr's decision to remain with the Vikings. Linebacker Anthony Barr had been reported to be heading to NY when free agency opens on Wednesday.

The deal is reportedly worth $39 million and includes $21.5 million in guarantees.

After the Vikings hired a defensive-minded coach in Mike Zimmer back in 2014, he went out and made Barr the first pick of his head coaching career when he selected the former UCLA linebacker with the ninth overall pick.

Instead of heading to NY as a pass rushing linebacker, the four-time Pro Bowler became the second free agent in as many years to spurn a larger offer from the Jets, following what Kirk Cousins did last year.

Barr's fate had been a hot topic among the Vikings' past two offseasons as the team tried to extend all of their young players while also making a major financial commitment to new quarterback Kirk Cousins.

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