A report out this season from The Athletic’s Mike Sando Great number of of free agents said, “no” to the thought of joining the New York Jets.
Well, that wasn’t always the case, in 2019 Anthony Barr said yes to joining Gang Green until he didn’t.
The Jets think they’ve signed the former Minnesota Vikings’ first player to a delicious five-year deal worth more than $75 million. Shortly after agreeing to the contract, Barr “cold feet” and felt like he had “made the worst mistake” of his life, according to ESPN.
In the end, he abandoned his deal with the Jets and returned to the team he’d spent his entire career with by re-booting in Minnesota. Barr wanted to get back with the Vikings so much that he took even less money to do it ($67.5 million with $33 million in bail).
Fast-forward a few years and it’s 2022 with Barr once again being the unrestricted free agent and it looks like there’s a chance for an unlikely reunion.
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CBS Sports’ Cody Benjamin recently found potential homes for some of the top freelance agents remaining on the market. One of his favorite fits is that Barr is finally coming to the Jets in 2022:
“Remember when these two nearly landed a lucrative free agency deal before he moved back to Minnesota? Well, with the addition of Vikings at LB this year, he could finally move to New York and give Robert Saleh’s unit more experience/flexibility. ”
The 30-year-old midfielder spent the first eight years of his career with the purple team and is currently looking for a new home.
There’s a reason Barr is still a free agent just a few short weeks before the 2022 NFL draft.
The former UCLA product has struggled to stay healthy for the past four years, missing a total of 25 games in that period.
Here’s a look at his career production by virtues:
- 17.5 sacks
- Eight times of forced fumbling
- Five interceptions
- Total of more than 495 tackles
- 44 1/4 . strokes
- 39 tackles lost
No question they need help
According to ESPN, the original free-agent plan for the Jets was to “reorganize their legion of defenders” with Barr and CJ Mosley, “not just one or the other.”
Then, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams had a vision of what Barr would have in this Jets defense. He sees him as a sporting clay that can move around the defence, and maximize his abilities as both a blitzer and his encompassing ability. ”
While Williams is no longer here, the jet soldiers have a very creative defensive mindset in Robert Saleh. If they bring him in, they can use him as a line-up sub, which has a hole next to Mosley. Or they could experiment with him, as they hope to do in 2019, as a rushed presence on EDGE.
Either way, the Jet Force can use help in both of those areas. Honestly, this reunion will be a big surprise. Especially considering all the scorched earths that potentially exist between the player and the agent and the organization.
After getting his hand burned from touching the pot once in public, it doesn’t look like the Jets will reach out for possible burns again, even if he could help protect this.
Although this is the craziest NFL season in history, so you can never say never.
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