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

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

This was going to be an intriguing challenge for new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who surely liked what Barr accomplished during his final two years at UCLA, from 2012-13, even though he has just 13.5 career sacks in the National Football League, largely due to his role in Minnesota.

Barr was the Jets' top pass-rushing target, and a player they expressed interest in dating back to the combine.

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

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

Terms of the deal were not reported.

Barr has made four straight Pro Bowl appearances after missing out on the honor during his rookie campaign.

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Barr will instead remain with the Vikings.

Barr was the Vikings first-round draft pick in 2014.

After Barr verbally agreed to the Jets, the Vikings "sweetened their offer" Monday night to get him to stay.

Barr tallied 55 tackles, three sacks and four quarterback hits in 13 games in 2018. Stephen, the starter at three-technique defensive tackle in 2016, is expected to take that role over from Richardson.

Minnesota's starter has been Dalvin Cook, but Murray stepped up during each of the past two seasons when Cook was out with injuries.

Free agency opens Wednesday. When Cook suffered a torn ACL in 2017, Murray started 11 games and rushed for 842 yards that season.

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