Linebacker Anthony Barr is set to become a free agent for the 2019 NFL season but there are some ways the Minnesota Vikings can keep him around.
2014 was a major turning point for the Minnesota Vikings. They hired a new head coach in former Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, who was determined to revamp the team’s defense and make it one of the better units around the league.
Zimmer proved he was serious about turning around the defense. This point was hammered home by the team using their first-round draft pick in 2014 on UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, making him the highest drafted linebacker from the school in history.
Barr signed a traditional four-year contract as a rookie and started to shine immediately. He was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 8 and was a candidate for Defensive Rookie of the Year before a season-ending injury sidelined him after 12 starts.
Since then, he has gone on to have the team exercise their fifth-year option on him and be named to four Pro Bowls. However, now the question is whether or not the team can find a way to keep the linebacker around.
Here are some options the team has when it comes to keeping Anthony Barr with the Minnesota Vikings.