MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have kept the heart of their defense intact with a hefty commitment to linebacker Anthony Barr.For the four-time Pro Bowl pick Kyle Rudolph Jersey
, a late offer to stay with the only NFL team he’s played for proved too valuable to pass up.According to a person with direct knowledge of the deal, Barr agreed Tuesday to re-sign with the Vikings on a five-year, $67.5 million contract with $33 million guaranteed and more money available through escalators. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced by the Vikings, who had until the beginning of the new league year Wednesday to clear the necessary space for Barr’s contract to fit under the salary cap.Barr first made a verbal agreement to join the New York Jets, according to reports by ESPN and the NFL Network, but he ultimately changed his mind to remain with the team that drafted him ninth overall in 2014.In an Instagram post Tuesday night, Barr confirmed his decision and thanked the Vikings ownership, executives and coaches for the opportunity to return .“It’s been a crazy couple days, but I’m where I want to be,” Barr said. “I believe in our locker room. I love my guys! Back to work!”The Vikings landed quarterback Kirk Cousins last season Irv Smith Minnesota Vikings Jerseys
, despite a larger offer from the Jets. Fifteen years ago, at the persistence of then-coach Mike Tice and his friend’s private plane, the Vikings persuaded cornerback Antoine Winfield to abandon his visit to the Jets and sign with Minnesota instead.Barr was the first draft pick by the Vikings under coach Mike Zimmer, whose 4-3 base defense has been a natural fit for the sleek, 6-foot-5, 255-pound Barr . The variety of assignments the scheme has put him in at the strong side spot have minimized pass-rushing opportunities, though, and limited his career total to 13½ sacks.He took some turns at defensive end last season and spoke often of a preference to run forward, not backward in coverage, raising the possibility he’d seek a new team with a 3-4 system. Though Zimmer has repeatedly praised Barr over the last five years Minnesota Vikings Jerseys 2019
, the coach bluntly stated in 2016 that Barr “has a tendency to coast a little bit.” Whether the reason was effort or scheme, the Vikings have had their share of games when Barr’s presence went largely unnoticed. When the Vikings gave new deals last summer to wide receiver Stefon Diggs and defensive end Danielle Hunter but didn’t reach an extension with Barr, the likelihood he would leave only increased.But Barr’s primary agent, Brian Murphy of the Southern California-based Athletes First firm, has built a strong relationship over recent years with Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and executive vice president for football operations Rob Brzezinski through negotiations on previous megadeals for defensive end Everson Griffen, tight end Kyle Rudolph and safety Harrison Smith. Murphy also represents cornerback Trae Waynes, who has entered the final year of his rookie contract.The Vikings entered the offseason with little cap space, after spending big on Cousins, Diggs and Hunter in 2018. They jettisoned two players, guard Mike Remmers and safety Andrew Sendejo Irv Smith Jersey Cheap
, for more room. Another starter, defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, reached an agreement with the Cleveland Browns. He’ll likely be replaced by Shamar Stephen, who according to multiple reports has agreed to return to the Vikings, who drafted him in the seventh round in 2014. The National Football League has announced the schedule for Week 17, and all of the games that Minnesota Vikings fans will care about are taking place in the 3:25 PM Central time window on Sunday afternoon.Here is the full schedule, just released by the NFL:Noon Central games on FOXAtlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay BuccaneersCarolina Panthers at New Orleans SaintsDallas Cowboys at New York GiantsDetroit Lions at Green Bay PackersNoon Central games on CBSJacksonville Jaguars at Houston TexansMiami Dolphins at Buffalo BillsNew York Jets at New England PatriotsOakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs (could be at 3:25 PM Central based on SNF result)3:25 PM Central games on FOXArizona Cardinals at Seattle SeahawksChicago Bears at Minnesota VikingsPhiladelphia Eagles at Washington RedskinsSan Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams3:25 PM Central games on CBSCincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh SteelersCleveland Browns at Baltimore RavensLos Angeles Chargers at Denver BroncosThe league has also announced that the final game of the regular season will be the Tennessee Titans hosting the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football, as the winner of that game will make the postseason while the loser will be out.We’ll have more on this later on, but that’s the schedule for Week 17 in the NFL.