Anthony Barr Accepts a One-Year, Prove-It Deal with Cowboys

Anthony Barr
Oct 13, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard (24) is tackled by Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr (55) during the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

It was a priority for Mike Zimmer to ensure that Anthony Barr was kept in Minnesota. After his rookie deal, Barr looked like he was going to sign with the Jets. Instead, the veteran linebacker decided to come back to Minnesota, accepting an extension that gave him $67.5 million over 5 years. Many insisted that it was too much money, but Zim defended his first ever draft pick as a head coach.

It has been a few years since Anthony Barr agreed to that deal. Recently, he has battled some injuries, likely contributing to teams being a touch more cautious with the deals they’re willing to offer. Even still, it’s notable that he agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with Dallas:

As the Tomasson tweet suggests, Barr has the potential to earn another million through incentives.

Barr is a good football player. He offers good versatility as a linebacker with great length and range. He can blitz, drop in coverage, and be an impact player against the run. The issue to many Vikings fans, though, was that he was being paid as if he was a strong pass rusher even though he didn’t get the chance to get after the QB very often.

In Dallas, Anthony Barr will work alongside plenty of talented players in the front seven, Demarcus Lawrence and Micah Parsons foremost among them. Barr is really smart, great off the field, and he’s versatile. The Cowboys will likely be very pleased with this deal.