Bringing back Anthony Barr
Like Richardson, re-signing Barr is going to be something the Vikings are going to need to think about long and hard this offseason.
While the linebacker has been voted to the Pro Bowl in each of the last three years, his value to Minnesota has not really been anything too significant recently.
Barr has missed three games this season, but his absence did not really make any sort of impact on the performance of the Vikings’ defense. Some might even argue Minnesota has played better without their veteran linebacker out on the field this year.
This season, Barr is making around $12 million. For his next contract, the Vikings linebacker is probably going to want his average salary to be around what he is getting paid in 2018, if not more.
If Minnesota wants to re-sign Richardson, they probably won’t be able to retain Barr as well. But based on his recent performances, that may be a risk the Vikings are willing to take.