Barr's surprising reversal lets Vikings keep key piece

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Barr had a change of heart overnight and has made a decision to re-sign with the Vikings, CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora confirms.

The Jets found that out first-hand on Tuesday, when Anthony Barr backed out of his deal with NY and agreed to re-sign with the Minnesota Vikings. There are sack incentives worth up to $12 million, a source told ESPN, confirming a report by NFL Network, which first reported the news.

Pro Football Focus ranked Barr as their third highest rated free agent linebacker after Jordan Hicks and C.J. Mosley.

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

Barr was the ninth overall pick in the 2014 draft by the Vikings. While Barr earned four-straight Pro Bowl invitations as an off-ball. He's missed nine games over his five-year career, with four of those absences coming in his rookie season.

The New York Jets made some minor moves earlier on Monday, including the signing of slot receiver Jamison Crowder from the Washington Redskins. 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.

Barr's reversal stole the headlines on a day where the Vikings saw both Richardson and Latavius Murray set to depart for other teams; the running back reportedly agreed to a four-year, $14 million deal to join the Saints.



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