Anthony Barr made his archetypal in the public eye comments Thursday aft flip-flopping on a deal with the New York Jets and re-signing with the Minnesota Vikings.
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Anthony Barr made his archetypal in the public eye comments Thursday aft flip-flopping on an understanding with the New York Jets and re-signing with the Minnesota Vikings.
The inactive-Vikings linebacker explained to NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano on Free Agency Frenzy that he knew from the minute he recognized the Jets' offering on Monday aft noon that he had made the incorrect decision.
"I had conversations with my causal agent and my household difficult to fig out what we were active to do. You know, speaking to my causal agent, speaking astir Numbers and figs, it was like OK, I deliberation we can do New York," Barr said. "I said that and I hung up the phone and I instantly just didn't feel right, it just didn't feel right. Something just didn't feel right. In my heart, I knew I wanted to be, all along I've been saying it for the last year and a half as I've gone through this process, I wanted to remain a Viking. And we were able to fig it out. So I made a commitment to my heart, to myself, to my team and I'm happy to be back here."
Barr reportedly agreed on Monday evening to a deal with the Jets for an undisclosed amount and for an undisclosed period of time. Then, on Tuesday aft noon, the outside linebacker went back on his understanding with Gang Green and agreed to sign back with Minnesota on a five-year contract worth up to $77.5 million with $33 million in guarantees.
"I wanted to be a Viking," Barr responded when asked whether he didn't want to be a member of the Jets. "It's the team that drafted me five years ago. It's home. I've done a lot of stuff in the community with my foundation. My teammates are my household, this coaching staff has done so much for me not only as a person, but as a player."
Reports trickled out that Barr's change of heart came aft he fell ill on Monday evening aft he and his causal agent had agreed to join New York. The linebacker explained Thursday that's not exactly how it went down.
"It wasn't necessarily physically ill. It wasn't the middle of the night," Barr explained. "It was mostly when I hung up the phone aft saying, 'Yeah I can do New York.' My stomach dropped, I kind of get some cold sweats.
"It was like you're astir to go down the altar and marry the incorrect woman. I deliberation I'm making a bad choice. I did what I felt was right for myself."
Minnesota would agree. After re-signing Barr, the Vikings retained Everson Griffen on a restructured deal, essentially getting the whole front-seven gang back together for 2019, save for Sheldon Richardson.
"I want to continue to ride with the guys that we built, you know, we built this organization five years ago," Barr concluded. "When I got here, they were struggling. We came in and we started to change things around. It's a testament to the coaching staff, to all the hard work, to the great players that we have. That's our main goal always.
"We're right there, we're right on the doorstep."