8 Vikings (probably) heading into their final game with the franchise

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Anthony Barr - LB

It was a bit of a pleasant surprise when the Vikings announced in November that they had agreed to a deal with linebacker Anthony Barr to bring the team's former 2014 first-round draft pick back for a second stint with the organization

But Barr is certainly not the player that he was when he was voted to four straight Pro Bowls from 2015 to 2018. He's not even the player that he was when he was last with Minnesota in 2021.

Now 31-years-old, Barr has appeared in three games for the Vikings this season, and he's accumulated a grand total of one tackle.

It was a nice little reunion that Minnesota and the veteran linebacker had this season, but don't expect re-signing him to be one of the team's top priorities this year.

K.J. Osborn - WR

What in the world happened to K.J. Osborn this season?

During the 2021 and 2022 campaigns, Osborn emerged as someone Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins could turn to in clutch situations. But, for whatever reason, the 26-year-old wide receiver became extremely unreliable this season.

Maybe it was the quarterback carousel Minnesota has dealt with during the second half of the 2023 campaign that threw him off? It's possible, but he also struggled during the first half of the season when Cousins was healthy as well.

During Osborn's first three years with the Vikings, he dropped a total of four passes. This season, he has five drops heading into Minnesota's Week 18 game against the Lions on Sunday.

He's set to become a free agent in March, and following his decline in performance combined with the Vikings' decision to draft Jordan Addison in 2023, it's hard to envision Osborn back in purple and gold next season.