Anthony Barr Plans To Sign With New York Jets

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

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.

Barr has made four straight Pro Bowl appearances after missing out on the honor during his rookie campaign. In five seasons in Minnesota, Barr has started 71 games, forced seven fumbles and racked up 13.5 sacks. He was seen as a hybrid prospect entering the draft and was eventually moved to an off-ball linebacker role with the Minnesota Vikings where he has spent the past five seasons.

He hasn't reached those kind of sack numbers in the National Football League - his season-high is four, set in his rookie season - but he was a versatile edge defender in Minnesota and could see more time as a pass-rusher for new Jets' defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

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The Jets are also reportedly hoping to utilize more of the linebacker's pass-rushing skills in their defense.

The plan was to use Barr coming off the edge. Instead, the offseason came and went without the linebacker signing a new deal, thus forcing him to play out his fifth-year option in 2018.

The Jets sure up their pass rush on day one of free agency with the addition of the multitalented and athletic Barr.

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