4 Minnesota Vikings who are happy the 2020 season is over

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Anthony Barr – LB

Anthony Barr had a real opportunity to increase his influence in 2020. The Vikings lost some prominent figures on defense and the onus was on the linebacker and others to raise their level of performance accordingly.

As has been the case for most of Barr’s career, this didn’t pan out. The injury bug struck again after just two games and it resulted in the former UCLA star spending the year on injured reserve due to a torn pectoral muscle.

Not exactly the campaign Barr and Minnesota had in mind.

The veteran is among those that are facing an uncertain future with the Vikings as financial sacrifices need to be made. Barr is set to count $15.5 million against Minnesota’s salary-cap in 2021 and the team would free up almost $8 million in cap space if he is released this year.

This seems like a no brainer in the grand scheme of things. Barr went back on his decision to join the New York Jets in 2019 before signing a new deal with the Vikings. But considering the need to cut back, his name should be one of the first on the chopping block.

If Barr does end up moving on, he ends his career in Minnesota with 15 sacks, 423 tackles, 36 tackles for loss, 38 quarterback hits, eight forced fumbles, 26 passes defended, and two interceptions.