1. Just pay the man
Sometimes the simplest solution is the best. However, the simple idea of the team just paying Anthony Barr what they believe he is worth and having Barr and his agent agree on that number might be more complicated than expected.
Barr has a lot of leverage when it comes to negotiations. A former first-round pick with four Pro Bowl appearances, 71 starts in five seasons, and 338 combined tackles, his asking price could be a bit higher than the team’s value of him.
Factoring that into the tiny amount of money the team has available with the salary cap and the team’s needs at other positions such as the offensive line and defensive tackle, there may not be enough dough to spread around.
If the team and Barr’s camp can work out a long-term deal to keep the linebacker around, that would definitely be the best outcome. But getting to work out the numbers that fit in the team’s budget could be too massive of a challenge.