The Dallas Cowboys are adding a seasoned veteran to their stout defense.
Anthony Barr has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Cowboys, the team announced.
Barr spent his entire career in Minnesota, where the Vikings made him the ninth overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft and watched him become a Pro Bowl linebacker every year from 2015-2018. Barr nearly left the Vikings in 2019, agreeing to a lucrative deal to join the Jets, before second thoughts led him back to Minnesota.
Since his decision, Barr has only played in 27 of a possible 49 games. He’s been rejected from a struggling Minnesota linebacker to a veteran who waited until early August to find an employer for the 2022 season.
That’s not to say Barr still doesn’t have value. In his prime, Barr was a perennial Pro Bowl linebacker who averaged nearly 70 tackles per season. He will join a Dan Quinn-directed defense headlined by a linebacking duo of 2021 AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Micah Parsons and Leighton Vander Esch, and will add depth to a team that welcomes back 2021 rookie Jabril Cox in the second. unit level.
Barr will provide insurance and safety for the Cowboys through 2022. He also projects to play for a contending team looking to defend its NFC East crown and aiming for greater heights.