The Vikings chose never to set the franchise label Barr, their former real linebacker, much like the move the Vikings would incur approximately $15.7 million cap hit in 2019, which in turn will have left him the highest-paid non-quarterback on the roll.
Barr, 26, has been the very first draft selection throughout coach Mike Zimmer’s tenure, accepted ninth overall in 2014. He cried out of a 3-4 outside linebacker at UCLA, where he uttered 23.5 tackles from 201213, to a 43 strong side linebacker in Zimmer’s defense.
While Barr’s character altered in Minnesota, his pass-rushing art remained fluid on the last five seasons throughout which he notched 13.5 sacks and 3-1 quarterback knockdowns.
A nagging hamstring injury limited Barr to 13 matches a year ago, that had been his seventh because his rookie season. He also uttered a multi-sack game with two against the Miami Dolphins last season but also ended with a career-low 55 tackles.
Named to four consecutive Pro Bowls following having a break out year in 2015, Barr was among four Minnesota players entitled to get a contract extension last offseason. As an alternative, the off season came and went with no linebacker signing a new deal, so forcing him to play out his fifth-year option in 2018.
While Barr expressed an interest to remain in Minnesota when asked regarding his impending free agency, the linebacker routinely doubled back on his ordinary strengths as an outside linebacker tasked with running the passer.
ESPN’s Courtney Cronin contributed to this report.