LB Anthony Barr backs out on Jets deal, will stay with Vikings

Jets to sign former Vikings Pro Bowl LB Anthony Barr

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.

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.

Having entered free agency with the second-most available cap space in the National Football League, the Jets are expected to make multiple other offseason additions after bringing in the 26-year-old pass-rusher.

The Vikings opted not to place the franchise tag on Barr.

The terms of the deal are not yet known. In five seasons in Minnesota, he had 338 tackles, 13 1/2 sacks, one interception and four fumble recoveries.

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Minnesota drafted Barr with the No. 9 pick in 2014 out of UCLA.

In 13 games last season, Barr had 55 tackles and three sacks.

At the last second, the Vikings sent a private jet out to court Winfield and at the eleventh hour, he would change course and sign a six-year, $34.8 million contract with Minnesota.

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. 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.

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