Anthony Barr pulls about-face on Jets, will return to Vikings

Twitter reacts to Anthony Barr backing out of agreement with Jets

Twitter reacts to Anthony Barr backing out of agreement with Jets

This is yet another reminder that any contract agreed upon during the Monday or Tuesday of NFL free agency week can't become official until the new league year starts Wednesday.

Barr's career trajectory, and that of the Minnesota defense, appeared to be skyrocketing in 2015, when Barr was the second-highest-graded player at his position (89.6), helped the Vikings reach the playoffs while generating 27 pressures, 41 stops, an interception and two pass breakups.

Although terms of Barr's new deal with the Vikings haven't been reported, it wouldn't be shocking to find out that they came closer to whatever the Jets were offering (New York was believed to have made an offer somewhere between $14 million and $15 million per year).

Albert Breer of the MMQB reports Barr is now working on a multi-year deal to stay in Minnesota, with an expected salary of about $13.5 million per year.

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Barr was the ninth overall pick in the 2014 draft out of UCLA, where he made 23.5 sacks in his final two seasons. He's been a Pro Bowler each of the last four years.

Now, Barr will likely be looked at as more of an edge rusher than an off-ball linebacker, especially given that the Jets are still reportedly interested in adding linebacker C.J.

Barr has continued to grade out as one of the best pass-rushing 4-3 outside linebackers in the NFL. Getting Barr is a big boost to the defense, and putting him back on the outside of a 3-4 defense could unlock his true potential.

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