Two NFC East teams reportedly interested in signing Anthony Barr
By Adam Patrick
The Dallas Cowboys and Washington Commanders have reportedly expressed interest in signing former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr.
A return to the Minnesota Vikings for linebacker Anthony Barr seems like it is unlikely this year. However, it was recently revealed that the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Commanders could end up with the former Vikings first-round pick before the start of the 2022 season.
On Tuesday, KSTP’s Darren Wolfson went on “Mackey & Judd” and shared that the Cowboys “certainly are interested” in signing Barr and that the Commanders have also “kicked the tires” on possibly adding the veteran linebacker to their roster.
With training camp just a few days away from beginning for both Dallas and Washington, one would assume that both teams would like to get a deal done with Barr sooner than later if he’s interested.
Will former Minnesota Vikings LB Anthony Barr sign with the Dallas Cowboys or Washington Commanders?
With eight years of NFL experience under his belt, Barr’s body has been breaking down a bit during the last few seasons.
He missed six games in 2021 due to injury after missing 14 in 2020 due to a torn pectoral. At 30-years-old, Barr probably doesn’t have much football left in him, but it seems like he’s at least going to still see if a team could use his help next season.
With former Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards currently a part of the Cowboys’ coaching staff, Dallas would probably be the best fit for Barr between them and Washington.
But the Commanders are led by one of the NFL’s best defensive minds in football in head coach Ron Rivera and that might be something that could intrigue the former Minnesota linebacker more than reuniting with Edwards in Dallas.
Even though he only appeared in 11 games in 2021, Barr still showed flashes of why he’s earned four trips to the Pro Bowl in his career. With the Vikings last season, he finished with 72 tackles (three for a loss), 10 pressures, five pass breakups, three interceptions, and 2.5 sacks.
Barr was Minnesota’s first-ever draft pick with Mike Zimmer as the team’s head coach and the linebacker fit in perfectly with what the team’s former coach wanted to accomplish on defense every year. Will he be able to find a fit with another team in 2022?