Pro Football Focus says Vikings best move was to re-sign Anthony Barr

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Bringing Anthony Barr back to the Minnesota Vikings was a big move for the franchise and Pro Football Focus calls it the team’s best offseason move.

Since drafting Anthony Barr in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings have enjoyed the services of a highly-athletic linebacker who fits nicely into what head coach Mike Zimmer wants in his defenses.

After a brief moment where it looked like Barr was going to be wearing a green and white jersey in 2019, the Vikings were surprisingly able to figure out a way to retain his services on a five-year deal which spans through the 2023 season,

The fact the contract is worth $67.5M over the five years has divided a lot of fans, but the experts at Pro Football Focus are calling the re-signing of Barr the best move the team has made so far this offseason.

Here is what they had to say:

"“He won’t have to build any new chemistry or try and find his spot in a new defense — Barr’s return means he can further build on the 71.2 overall grade in 2018 that continued his rise from a 50.5 mark in 2016.”"

PFF had more to say about Barr’s development over the years. In fact, his down year in 2016 is redeemed by his high grade during the 2018 season.

"“Two years ago, Barr was the Vikings’ lowest-graded player. Two years later, he’s their top-graded off-ball linebacker and a key cog in the defense.”"

Considering the only outside signings Minnesota has made are bringing back defensive tackle Shamar Stephen and offensive lineman Josh Kline, the re-signing of Barr makes sense as being the team’s best move.

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Which move do you think was the best one the Minnesota Vikings have made this offseason? And do you think the team will see more of the 2018 version of Anthony Barr instead of the 2016 version? Let us know in the comments!